Facebook boss says made mistake ahead of Congress appearance

Facebook boss says made mistake ahead of Congress appearance

Kenneth Drake
April 10, 2018

Last month news of the Cambridge Analytica data breach made headlines after it was determined the company violated its agreement with Facebook by sharing user information.

Facebook didn't do enough to prevent its platform from being used to do harm, and that goes for "fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy", Zuckerberg says.

"We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake".

"Today I have opened a formal investigation into Facebook, following confirmation from Facebook that the information of over 300,000 Australian users may have been acquired and used without authorisation", Ms Falk said in a statement.

"We'll show people a link at the top of their News Feed so they can see what apps they use - and the information they have shared with those apps", Facebook technology chief Mike Schroepfer said in a blog post.

Over the weekend, it said it had suspended another data analysis firm, US-based Cubeyou, after reports that it had used private data harvested from psychological testing apps for commercial purposes.

A spokesperson for Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

But he did not explain why and how Cambridge Analytica still managed to misuse the personal data afterwards. Cambridge Analytica has reported ties to the Trump presidential campaign and "Leave" vote in the Brexit referendum.

Zuckerberg said Facebook came up with the 87 million figure by calculating the maximum number of friends that users could have had while Kogan's app was collecting data. "There is simply no reason for your company to provide less than the best legal standards now available to protect the privacy of Facebook users", several U.S. and European groups wrote in an open letter to Facebook.

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Zuckerberg is also expected to be asked about Russia's use of US social media during the 2016 elections - a subject of several congressional investigations and special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference. Advertisers will first have to be approved by the social media company, although that vetting process remains unclear.

QUESTION: Have you spoken with critics, including some former Facebook investors and colleagues, who argue that the company's service has become an addictive and corrosive force in society? An academic researcher with authorized access to the data shared it with the political consulting firm, in violation of Facebook policies, he maintains. If they want, users can shut off apps individually or turn off third-party access to their apps completely.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill Monday.

It's the first time Zuckerberg will personally sit for questions from Congress, instead of sending a deputy.

Facebook has also said it will review thousands of apps to search for additional abuse.

"We will continue working with the government to understand the full extent of Russian interference", Zuckerberg said. In the remarks, Zuckerberg said his company has a responsibility to make sure what happened with Cambridge Analytica doesn't happen again.

The Privacy Commissioner is investigating whether Facebook breached the Privacy Act, which requires organisations meet certain obligations including taking reasonable steps to ensure personal information is held securely.

Sen. John Thune, the Republican chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee said, "I think more than anything else right now most of our members want to express their frustration on behalf of their constituents about what's happened to date and want to hear very seriously about how he intends to fix it".

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