Mark Zuckerberg Testimony: Senators Question Facebook’s Commitment to Privacy

Posted in: Surveillance & Privacy at 11/04/2018 21:25

Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, began the first of two marathon hearings in Washington on Tuesday afternoon, answering tough questions on the company’s mishandling of data.

This was Mr. Zuckerberg’s first appearance before Congress, prompted by the revelation that Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm linked to the Trump campaign, harvested the data of an estimated 87 million Facebook users to psychologically profile voters during the 2016 election.

Mr. Zuckerberg, clad in a navy suit and bright blue tie, faced hours of questioning from lawmakers, who pressed him to account for how third-party partners could data without users’ knowledge. Senator John Thune of South Dakota talked about the need for Facebook to avoid creating “a privacy nightmare.”

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Everyone knew that Zuckerberg would be entering the hearing with an apologetic tone; in his prepared remarks, Zuckerberg conceded that the Cambridge Analytica fiasco was "my mistake, and I'm sorry." But Zuckerberg also went further, acknowledging for the first time that his platform is ultimately responsible for the content that appears there. That's significant for a company that has historically presented itself as a neutral technology.

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