Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg admits his personal data shared during scandal

Javier Howell
April 13, 2018

Zuckerberg is testifying before the committee in the case of Cambridge Analytica - British political consulting firm - harvesting the private data of 87 million Facebook users.

He said that by the end of the year Facebook would have 20,000 people working on security and content review and would also step up use of artificial intelligence to weed out fake accounts and inappropriate content.

The talks took place as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was giving evidence for a second day to U.S. lawmakers in Washington. "That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy", Zuckerberg said.

The Facebook CEO said that the onus of data privacy lies on users as the service offers opt-in features for privacy. Zuckerberg has been grilled on the categories of information Facebook collects, its failure to crack down on opioid sales on its platform, and its building of "shadow profiles" of non-users without their consent. Is it Facebook? Or is it them?

According to The Guardian and Observer, Facebook found out that Cambridge Analytica had improperly obtained user data in 2015. The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) requires us to do a few more things, and we're going to extend that to the world, he told lawmakers.

"Was your data included in the data sold to the malicious third parties...your personal data?" But he said his company "can do a better job of explaining how advertising works".

Cambridge Analytica suspended its previous CEO, Alexander Nix, one day after he alluded to tactics of the firm that may have violated USA campaign finance laws in a hidden-camera expose by Britain's Channel 4. He also denied that Facebook is a monopoly, though his company owns three of the top five downloaded social apps.

Senator John Thune, a Republican from South Dakota, asked Zuckerberg if he is willing to make a commitment to protect political speech from "all different corners". "To the contrary, our goal is to be a platform for all ideas", he said.

In the event, you were the one to install the app "This Is Your Digital Life", you will receive a message that reads: "If you see this message, you were probably responsible for your and your friends' data being handed over to Cambridge Analytica".

In his second day of grilling before United States lawmakers, Facebook's boss Mark Zuckerberg has revealed that his data was included in the Cambridge Analytica breach.

The company's acting CEO has now stepped down in what appears to be a shakeup of the company's c-suite to show that the firm is making some drastic changes - similar to what had happened with the Equifax data breach incident.

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