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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Mark Zuckerberg says his data was obtained by Cambridge Analytica

Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill on April 11.(CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY IMAGES)
Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday said he was among the millions of Facebook users whose personal data was improperly obtained in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
The reveal came amid a string of questions from Rep. Anna Eshoo during Zuckerberg’s appearance before the House and Energy Committee on Wednesday.
“Was your data sold to the malicious third parties? Your data?” the California Democrat pressed.
The 33-year-old Facebook CEO responded with a resounding “Yes,” but his confidence faltered with the next question.
“Are you willing to change your business model in the interest of protecting individual privacy?” Eshoo asked in a follow-up.
“I’m not sure what that means,” he replied.
Zuckerberg’s appearance before the House Energy and Commerce Committee is focused on how Facebook handled the Cambridge Analytica scandal and what the Silicon Valley behemoth is doing to fix the problem.
The Britain-based political consultancy, which worked for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, obtained the data of as many as 87 million Facebook users in a bid to influence political elections.
Mark Zuckerberg arrives for his second day of testimony in front of lawmakers on Capitol Hill. (ALEX BRANDON/AP)
"We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake," Zuckerberg told House members Wednesday in his opening remarks.
"It was my mistake and I'm sorry. I started Facebook. I run it and I'm responsible for what happens here."
Most lawmakers brushed off his apology, including Rep. Jan Schakowsky, who used her alloted four minutes to list the many times Zuckerberg has previously conceded to wrong-doing dating back to his time at Harvard.
"This is proof to me that self-regulation simply does not work," the Democrat from Illinois said.
Zuckerberg said it's inevitable that the internet will eventually have some sort of regulation, noting that it needs to be carefully thought out so not to stifle similar start-up organizations angling to be the next Facebook.
The appearance comes less than 24 hours after the Facebook CEO was grilled for nearly five hours by 44 senators from the Judiciary and Commerce committees, who attacked the social media giant’s inability to protect users’ data and for failing to stop Russia’s use of the site as means to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
The tech big-wig, poised and stone-faced on Tuesday, repeatedly apologized for Facebook’s role in the data-mining scandal, adding that the company is reviewing the improper access third-party apps may have to data on the social network site.

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