Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologises for worst privacy debacle in history

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologises for worst privacy debacle in history

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation regarding the companys use and protection of user data in Washington on April 10, 2018.

"I think that's the right principle", Zuckerberg said in response to a question about opt-out legislation from Sen.

Zuckerberg also said Facebook was working with Special Counsel Robert Mueller who is investigating ties between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

"Are you going to come back up here and be a strong advocate to see that that law's passed?" asked Democratic Senator Tom Udall.

Social media users were quick to notice something slightly unusual on the Facebook CEO's chair.

Republican Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the Commerce Committee chairman, told Zuckerberg his company has a 14-year history of apologising for "ill-advised decisions" related to user privacy.

"There have been reports that Facebook can track a user's Internet browsing activity, even after that user has logged off of the Facebook platform", Sen. In the remarks, Zuckerberg said his company has a responsibility to make sure what happened with Cambridge Analytica doesn't happen again. "We have made a lot of mistakes in running the company".

"Senator, we run ads", Zuckerberg replied.

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Shares in Facebook posted their biggest daily gain in almost two years, closing up 4.5 percent.

Mr Zuckerberg said he has not been among those interviewed by Mr Mueller's office.

The senators focused on Facebook's basic functions, such as privacy settings, while also asking Zuckerberg about so-called fake news on the social media platform. Cambridge Analytica, a British political consultancy firm, obtained data from 87 million users and allegedly used this information to profile users for Donald Trump's presidential campaign. And I'm sorry. I started Facebook. "Your right to privacy, and the limits of your right to privacy, and how much you give away in modern America in the name of, quote, connecting people around the world", Durbin said.

The Facebook CEO formally apologized to Congress on Tuesday for mistakes that led to the Cambridge Analytica scandal and stressed that his company is rethinking its responsibility to users and society.

He also expressed a willingness to work with lawmakers to improve data protection laws in the States and further afield.

"I think it is a fair concern for people to wonder about".

Swapping his customary T-shirt for a business suit and tie, the Facebook chief appeared somber as he fielded tough questions over Cambridge Analytica's massive data breach.

But Facebook made clear to users at the time that app developers could get data on them if their friends installed an app, Zuckerberg said. Nelson said afterward that Zuckerberg was "forthright and honest to the degree he could" be in the private, one-on-one meeting.

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