Speaking at the second day of a United States congress hearing into the data leak, Zuckerberg conceded that he was one of the reported 84 million people who had their data compromised, however he has rebutted suggestions that users don't have enough control over their data on Facebook. "Right there. Not buried in the settings somewhere but right there", the 33-year-old internet billionaire told the hearing.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has admitted that his personal data was handed over to election consultants Cambridge Analytica, the British firm accused of helping politicians use Facebook data to manipulate users' voting intentions around the world. Overall the hearing could not delve deeper into the legislation needed to curb this kind of data breach and follow up with questions for Zuckerberg. His notes told him to put down the question while acknowledging that he had made mistakes but they were being corrected. Zuckerberg responded with apologies and promises of internal investigations and remedies.
Mark has previously mentioned that he believes that the social media industry needs to be regulated, and he reiterated that view on being questioned by Rep. Fred Upton.
The company's board of directors said Alexander Tayler would leave the role to return to his former position as chief data officer.
House lawmakers were a bit tougher on Zuckerberg than their colleagues in the Senate, many of whom seemed confused by the company and what it does.
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Democratic Representative Debbie Dingell said Facebook used computer code embedded in websites to gather dossiers on virtually everyone online, whether they like it or not.
It's thought this would allow people to use the popular service without seeing adverts or worrying who might be gaining access to their personal data.
According to Zuckerberg, the company has 200 people working on efforts to combat the promotion of "extremist" content.
Wrapping up his four minutes, Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., commended the platform, saying "it's wonderful for us seniors to connect with our relatives". It's not enough to give people a voice.
Like it or not, Facebook has been a part of our collective social fabric for more than 10 years, and I wouldn't count on it going anywhere soon. Does that means the number of users affected might grow beyond the 87 million estimated by Facebook. "Through those tools, Facebook is able to collect information from all of us".
"Yes, congresswoman, we run ads", Zuckerberg said. Others asked the CEO about Facebook's restriction of a page belonging to pro-Trump vloggers "Diamond and Silk".
In a later grilling by Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, Zuckerberg doubled down on his statement.
Zuckerberg agreed: "If there's an imminent threat of harm, we're going to take a conservative position on that and make sure that we flag that and understand that more broadly". "It was my mistake, and I'm sorry".
On a question if Facebook has a political bias, he said the platform's goal was not to engage in political speech.
Johnson asked Zuckerberg if employees were ever fired for making the wrong decision to pull an ad, and if so what happened to the employee who rejected Franciscan University's ad. Zuckerberg said he was not familiar with the specific incident, and he would find out and let Johnson know.
Now the Facebook is working with governments in the USA, the United Kingdom and around the world to do a full audit of what they've done and to make sure that they get rid of any data that they still have.