Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Zuckerberg apologises to Congress over massive Facebook breach

Zuckerberg apologises to Congress over massive Facebook breach

"If we confirm data abuse, we will shut down the offending app and take legal action against the company selling or buying the data, if necessary". And it was my mistake, and I'm sorry.

"I think that might be what this is all about - your right to privacy, the limits of your right to privacy, and how much you'd give away in modern America", Durbin said.

Separately, the company also began alerting users that their data was gathered by Cambridge Analytica. "We have made a lot of mistakes in running the company".

"We face a number of important issues around privacy, safety, and democracy, and you will rightfully have some hard questions for me to answer", Zuckerberg said. "It will take some time to work through all of the changes we need to make, but I'm committed to getting it right".

Zuckerberg has admitted that they didn't do enough to make sure the firm had deleted the information they improperly obtained back in 2015. A notification that appeared on Facebook for some users Tuesday told them that "one of your friends" used Facebook to log into a now-banned personality quiz app called "This Is Your Digital Life". The issue was raised by opposition in the recent parliamentary session about BJP's alleged use of the Facebook data provided by the British company for winning different elections.

Zuckerberg also said "There are people in Russian Federation whose job is to try to exploit our systems and other internet systems, and other systems, as well".

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Facebook is also under the scanner for the role the social media website may have inadvertently played in influencing the 2016 U.S. presidential election that saw Donald Trump come to power. I actually am not aware of a subpoena. He told users in a lengthy letter that the company was working to shore up its security. "Knowing what we know now, we should have handled things differently". The qualifiers in those statements - "version", "today" - suggest a future, ad-free version of Facebook could come with a subscription fee. For most of our existence, we focused on all of the good that connecting people can do.

Testifying was a new step forward for the 33-year-old Zuckerberg, who started Facebook as a Harvard dropout in 2004, and built it into the world's largest social media company worth $470 billion.

He was asked by Senator Dick Durbin: "Mr Zuckerberg, would you be comfortable sharing with us the name of the hotel you stayed in last night?"

Zuckerberg: "Senator, again, I believe that you already have that control...." "That's what the service is: you can connect to the people that you want and share what matters to you".

Senator John Thune said to Zuckerberg that it is not likely to be an isolated event.

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