After all-around thwarting criticism over Facebook data privacy, the social media giant’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologised before Congress. In the testimony, he accepted that the company didn’t take enough preventive measures to avoid any such situation.
“Facebook is an idealistic and optimistic company. For most of our existence, we focused on all of the good that connecting people can do. But it’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used as harm as well,” he said in the opening remark. He also said that the company didn’t take the broad view on its responsibility for fake news. “It was my mistake, I am sorry,” Zuckerberg said.
The data leak concerns arose after a British data firm Cambridge Analytica revealed that it had improperly gathered information of 87 million Facebook users to notice their behaviour and used that to influence election there. The incident later forced the Indian government to think about the regulation of digital media or new media as ‘fake news’ might potentially play a spoilsport in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections due next year.
“Now we have to go through our — all of our relationship with people and make sure we’re taking a broad enough view of our responsibility. It’s not enough to just connect people. We have to make sure those connections are positive. It’s not enough to give people a voice. We have to make sure people aren’t using it to harm people or spread disinformation,” he added.