Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: 'My mistake' for abuse of voter info

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday reiterated his regret over the social network’s lapses of data privacy and security in advance of his upcoming appearance before Congress.

“We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here,” Zuckerberg’s testimony, released ahead of a Wednesday appearance before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce said. 

Zuckerberg spoke with lawmakers Monday, a day before he is scheduled to testify before the combined Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees Tuesday and the House Commerce committee Wednesday.

The Facebook co-founder comes to Washington amid an upsurging drumbeat of unrest about Facebook’s recent operational miscues. The social network found itself manipulated during the 2016 election season, with Russian influence attempting to foment discord among voters. Subsequently, it was learned that tens of millions of Facebook users’ information may have been misused by a consulting firm that assisted the presidential campaign of Donald Trump.

The Facebook CEO has recently announced several initiatives to better secure user information and prevent misuse of the network. The latest: an election research committee including independent researchers who will assist Facebook in rooting out weaknesses.

“Facebook will seek researchers’ help in preventing future election manipulation on the social media platform and, in its campaign to improve privacy, has suspended two more data firms as part of an ongoing investigation into the potential misuse of user data by political targeting firm Cambridge Analytica.

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The formation of an independent election research commission is part of Facebook’s strategy to help prevent a repeat of the 2016 presidential election campaign in which more than 3,000 ads were bought by 470 fake accounts and pages run by the Internet Research Agency, a shadowy organization in St. Petersburg, Russia. Many of the ads sought to spread divisive messages to stir up voters and public outrage. 

“The goal is both to get the ideas of leading academics on how to address these issues as well as to hold us accountable for making sure we protect the integrity of these elections on Facebook,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a note posted on his Facebook page Monday. “Looking back, it’s clear we were too slow identifying election interference in 2016, and we need to do better in future elections.”

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: 'My mistake' for abuse of voter info

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Sheryl Sandberg Says Facebook Takes Responsibility For Cambridge Analytica Incident
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday reiterated his regret over the social network’s lapses of data privacy and security in advance of his upcoming appearance before Congress.

“We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here,” Zuckerberg’s testimony, released ahead of a Wednesday appearance before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce said. 

Zuckerberg spoke with lawmakers Monday, a day before he is scheduled to testify before the combined Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees Tuesday and the House Commerce committee Wednesday.

The Facebook co-founder comes to Washington amid an upsurging drumbeat of unrest about Facebook’s recent operational miscues. The social network found itself manipulated during the 2016 election season, with Russian influence attempting to foment discord among voters. Subsequently, it was learned that tens of millions of Facebook users’ information may have been misused by a consulting firm that assisted the presidential campaign of Donald Trump.

The Facebook CEO has recently announced several initiatives to better secure user information and prevent misuse of the network. The latest: an election research committee including independent researchers who will assist Facebook in rooting out weaknesses.

“Facebook will seek researchers’ help in preventing future election manipulation on the social media platform and, in its campaign to improve privacy, has suspended two more data firms as part of an ongoing investigation into the potential misuse of user data by political targeting firm Cambridge Analytica.

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Here’s how a data firm helped Donald Trump get elected as president. We have the FAQs.
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The formation of an independent election research commission is part of Facebook’s strategy to help prevent a repeat of the 2016 presidential election campaign in which more than 3,000 ads were bought by 470 fake accounts and pages run by the Internet Research Agency, a shadowy organization in St. Petersburg, Russia. Many of the ads sought to spread divisive messages to stir up voters and public outrage. 

“The goal is both to get the ideas of leading academics on how to address these issues as well as to hold us accountable for making sure we protect the integrity of these elections on Facebook,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a note posted on his Facebook page Monday. “Looking back, it’s clear we were too slow identifying election interference in 2016, and we need to do better in future elections.”

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