Mark Zuckerberg admits to erring in not informing users

Mark Zuckerberg admits to erring in not informing users

Zuckerberg revealed his preference for strong privacy, albeit unwittingly, during a hearing before a joint session of Judiciary and Commerce Committee on the topic of Facebook's data use.

The whistleblowing at Cambridge Analytica - a political data-mining firm that accessed the private information of millions of Facebook users to help target advertisements in support of Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election - has brought to the surface numerous poor privacy practices the social network has engaged in over the years. "The goal of a user agreement is to cover Facebook's rear end, not inform users of their rights".

This is just the latest in a string of data privacy-related issues the world's largest social network is dealing with.

"I think it's an important principle", said the Facebook chief, and that it "deserves a lot of discussion".

Zuckerberg noted that Facebook changed its app platform in 2014, restricting the ability of app developers to harvest data on their users' Facebook friends. In prepared testimony released Monday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which he is expected to deliver Wednesday, Zuckerberg apologizes for fake news, hate speech, a lack of data privacy and Russian social media interference in the 2016 elections.

Facebook has provided "powerful new tools" to users, "but it's clear now that we didn't do enough to prevent these tools for being used [for] harm as well", he said.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to Capitol Hill Tuesday for an nearly five-hour US Senate hearing related to Facebook's sharing of its users' personal data with third party apps.

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"I am very committed to making sure that Facebook is a platform for all ideas", Zuckerberg said.

Lawmakers questioned whether the election meddling and poor controls on personal data requires the government to step in to regulate Facebook and other social media companies which generate revenue from user data.

Zuckerberg said he had not seen the terms of service, and his app team would have been responsible for reviewing it.

Cambridge Analytica has denied using improperly obtained information in the American election. Critics also question whether Facebook had censored some conservative content in favor of content more favorable to liberals.

"One of my greatest regrets in running the company is that we were slow in identifying the Russian information operations in 2016", Zuckerberg said. "I don't want to have to vote to regulate Facebook, but I will". Nelson said afterward that Zuckerberg was "forthright and honest to the degree he could" be in the private, one-on-one meeting.

Tuesday's hearing was the first of two that the internet Mogul will have to face.

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