Zuckerberg Admits Facebook Was ‘Too Slow To Spot Russian Interference’
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook says the social media giant was ‘too slow to spot Russian interference’ and the company is working hard to make sure a breach like this doesn’t happen again.
Zuckerberg released a prepared testimony to the House of Energy and Commerce apologising for the data scandal and explaining what happened with Cambridge Analytica, how it happened and how Facebook will rectify the situation.
In the testimony Zuckerberg explains, “It’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as well. That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy. We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here.”
This week the Facebook CEO is in talks with several lawmakers before he sits in front of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and the Judiciary Committee tomorrow and then the House Energy and Commerce committee the say after.
Facebook is also getting scrutinised by the Australian government with the privacy commissioner launching an investigation into Facebook to see if it breached the privacy act, after it found out more than 300,000 Aussie Facebook users had their data used ‘improperly’.
A group of consumers have filed a complaint against the social media company saying its facial recognition software violates users privacy.