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Mark Zuckerberg Congress testimony Highlights: Facebook CEO apologises for data leak, vows to maintain integrity of elections

Mark Zuckerberg Congress testimony: Mark Zuckerberg will have to face some tough questions regarding user privacy, how Facebook handles user data and possibly whether the company failed to protect customers in light of the recent scandal.

By: Tech Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: July 4, 2020 12:43:33 pm
Mark Zuckerberg Congress testimony: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Appearing before the US Congress in the light of the data privacy scandal, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took responsibility for the leaks which affected 87 million users. Zuckerberg in his statement said, “We didn’t do enough to keep fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech away. We didn’t take a broad view of our responsibility & that was a big mistake. It was my mistake, and I am sorry. I started Facebook, I run it & I’m responsible for what happens.”

Zuckerberg accepting that it was a mistake that they believed Cambridge Analytica, he said that the firm illegally accessed the data. Responding to Zuckerberg’s comments, Cambridge Analytica tweeted, We did not hack Facebook or break any laws – SCL Elections licensed data from a research company called GSR which obtained the data via a tool provided by Facebook, a common practice at the time.” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will have to face some tough questions regarding user privacy, how Facebook handles user data and possibly whether the company failed to protect customers in light of the recent scandal.

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Below are LIVE UPDATES from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to US Congress

13:36 (IST)11 Apr 2018
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testimony key points: We do not sell data

The Facebook CEO during his testimony said, they do not sell data at all at advertisers. He also said that the idea of paid, ad-free Facebook was not yet possible. Facebook never sells individual data to advertisers, is what Mark Zuckerberg said.  ""We think offering an ad-supported service is the most aligned with our mission of trying to help connect everyone in the world, because we want to offer a free service that everyone can afford," he said. Read more on this here.

04:56 (IST)11 Apr 2018
The Congressional hearing concludes, Zuckerberg leaves

Zuckerberg says Facebook does not mine phone audio for data to target ads. He calls the idea a "conspiracy theory." The Congressional hearing comes to an end. The second hearing will take place on Thursday. 

04:18 (IST)11 Apr 2018
Facebook supports legislation

Our position is not that regulation is bad, Mark Zuckerberg supports Congressional push for legislation and regulation of tech companies like Facebook. 

03:53 (IST)11 Apr 2018
On Trump's immigration orders

Zuckerberg says Facebook would not 'proactively' cooperate with Trump administration's extreme vetting of immigrants. The company cooperates with the government only if a threat of harm is imminent or if legally required to do so.

03:52 (IST)11 Apr 2018
Chinese internet companies strategic threat to US

Zuckerberg says Chinese internet companies are a strategic and competitive threat to the US. and tougher regulation could make it harder for smaller companies to get started. 

02:42 (IST)11 Apr 2018
Legislation to cover consent of users

Mark Zuckerberg support opt-in legislation that permission is acquired before sharing information, as a standard for the United States and says it's the right principle. 

02:37 (IST)11 Apr 2018
Zuckerberg's fortunes increase by $2.7 billion
02:34 (IST)11 Apr 2018
Facebook to indulge in security review

20,000 people within facebook to work on security review through AI tools by the end of the year, says Mark Zuckerberg on the creation of fake profiles, active bots and Russian influence. 

02:27 (IST)11 Apr 2018
Facebook, WatsApp do not communicate

Mark Zuckerberg assure senators that the company does not look into the messages of WhatsApp, it's encrypted and same goes for Instagram and Facebook Messenger.

02:18 (IST)11 Apr 2018
Not sure about foreign players in political ads

Zuckerberg says Facebook would not know if foreign nationals run political ads through US shell corporations. 

02:15 (IST)11 Apr 2018
Cambridge Analytica acquired FB data through GSR

While Zuckerberg said that they had no relation with Cambridge Analytica in 2015, the firm says that they acquired Facebook data in 2014 through a third party. 

02:13 (IST)11 Apr 2018
Edward Snowden on testimony
02:10 (IST)11 Apr 2018
`Facebook shares fly over testimony

02:08 (IST)11 Apr 2018
Facebook steps up process to safeguard data
01:49 (IST)11 Apr 2018
Facebook a platform for ideas

Facebook is a platform for ideas, we do not allow hate speech, nudity or terrorism on our platform among others, said Zuckerberg on Senator Ted Cruz's question whether the company is neutral or not. 

01:42 (IST)11 Apr 2018
Facebook changes motto
01:36 (IST)11 Apr 2018
Mark Zuckerberg warned by senators of ‘privacy nightmare’

Zuckerberg said the world’s largest social-media company set out to do good but didn’t do enough to prevent its tools from being used for harm. READ HERE

01:27 (IST)11 Apr 2018
Cambridge analytica data being stored in Russia?

Mark Zuckerberg says he has no specific knowledge that Cambridge Analytica data is being stored in Russia. Zuckerberg earlier had said that the firm illegally accessed the private data of users through a third party app. 

01:23 (IST)11 Apr 2018
On Facebook's privacy policy

Zuckerberg says of Facebook terms of service: 'I don't think that the average person likely reads that whole document'

01:21 (IST)11 Apr 2018
Mark Zuckerberg on hate speeches

Senator Leahy confronted Zuckerberg about calls for the death of a Muslim journalist in Myanmar not immediately being removed from Facebook. 'How can you dedicate and will you dedicate resources to make sure such hate speech is taken down in 24 hours?' Leahy asked. Zuckerberg said Facebook is doing three things to work on this:
1. Hiring more Burmese language content filters2. Working with civil society in Myanmar to identity hate figures to remove accounts.3. Setting up a team to make product changes in Myanmar and other countries to prevent this from happening.

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