Zuckerberg Admits Facebook Was 'Too Slow To Spot Russian Interference'


Both start by saying that Facebook "understands the importance of keeping your data safe", but that's as far as the commonality goes.

His conciliatory tone precedes two days of congressional hearings where Zuckerberg is set to answer questions about Facebook user data being improperly appropriated by a political consultancy and the role the network played in the US 2016 election.

His testimony summarises the steps Facebook is taking in the wake of Cambridge Analytica to prevent developers from inappropriately accessing data; namely, Facebook is locking down a feature that allowed users to be looked up based on their phone number and is restricting developer access to certain APIs and user information.

The 33-year-old tech billionaire will appear before back-to-back panels of the Senate judiciary and commerce committees on Tuesday and will also testify in front of the House committee on energy and commerce on Wednesday.

Some 87 million users had their personal information harvested for political purposes by Cambridge Analytica.On the eve of his first congressional hearing, Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg admitted that the social network did not do enough to prevent the misuse of user data, placing the blame squarely on himself.

After its worst privacy crisis in history - allegations that this Trump-affiliated data mining firm may have used ill-gotten user data to try to influence elections - Facebook is in full damage-control mode.

Congress has released Zuckerberg's planned testimony, which can be summed up with his words: "We didn't do enough ..."

A senior Senate GOP aide helping organize the joint Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Commerce Committee hearing told Breitbart News that it is standard practice not to swear witnesses like this in under oath.

Mr. Zuckerberg acknowledges he was slow to spot Russian "bots" using Facebook to meddle in the 2016 USA vote.

Facebook has said that as many as 146 million people may have received information from a Russian agency that's accused of orchestrating much of the cyber meddling in the election.

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A Facebook official confirmed that the company had hired a team from the law firm WilmerHale and outside consultants to help prepare Zuckerberg for his testimony and how lawmakers may question him.

"Yes, I am relieved, yes, because that's scary", Walker said.

When is Mark Zuckerberg testifying before Congress?

"The bottom line here is: if Facebook cant fix its privacy problems, then how can Americans trust them to be caretakers of their sensitive information?" he asked.

Facebook said on Monday that it will give a team of independent academic researchers access to its proprietary user data in an effort to assess the role of social media in elections.

Cambridge Analytica said in a statement on Wednesday that it had data for only 30 million Facebook users.

Zuckerberg plans to open his remarks with a familiar recitation of the social media platform's ability to link far-flung people together but then pivot into an acknowledgement of Facebook's increasingly visible dark side.

On Monday night, CNN reported that the biggest Black Lives Matter page on Facebook is fake, once again raising questions about the integrity of Facebook's platform.

"Facebook will not have any right to review or approve their research findings prior to publication", they added.

"Facebook is an idealistic and optimistic company".

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