‘I’m sorry’ for data misuse , Zuckerberg
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The 33-year-old internet mogul was set to appear in Washington before a joint hearing of the U.S. Senate’s Commerce and Judiciary committees some 15 or 20 minutes after the originally scheduled time of 2:15 p.m. (1815 GMT) because of a Senate vote.
Hours before the hearing, people waited in a line inside the Hart Senate Office Building, set off by velvet ropes, stretching from the briefing room down a corridor. Some brought folding chairs, while others stood or sat on the floor.
Outside the Capitol building, which houses Congress, online protest group Avaaz set up 100 life-sized cutouts of Zuckerberg wearing T-shirts with the words ‘Fix Facebook.’
Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook in his Harvard University dorm room in 2004, is fighting to prove to critics that he is the right person to go on leading what has grown into one of the world’s largest companies.
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Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday (April 10) called the company’s slow response in identifying Russian information operations in the 2016 U.S. presidential election one of his greatest regrets in running the social media network.
He is confronting combined outrage over how Russia used Facebook to spread divisive political propaganda during the election and how Facebook seemed unaware that a political consultancy, Cambridge Analytica, improperly harvested personal data of about 87 million Facebook users, most of them Americans.
Zuckerberg, 33, said Facebook was applying what it learned from that election to the upcoming elections in 2018 and was deploying new artificial intelligence tools to identify fake accounts, like those used in the 2016 election to spread misinformation.
Zuckerberg compared the need to invest in protecting Internet systems from foreign interference to an “arms race,” saying that Russia has individuals whose sole job is to exploit systems like those used at Facebook.
Companies that have been victimized by computer hacks have been accused by lawmakers of failing to take adequate security measures to protect their customers’ personal information.
Senior executives from a host of companies including Target Corp , Alphabet’s Google , United Airlines [UALCO.UL] and Equifax , have testified before Congress on a variety of issues including network security and walked away with little more than a scolding and a temporary dip in stock price.