Amid criticism from all quarters, Facebook founder, chairman, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, during a face-to-face with US lawmakers in a five-hour long hearing, finally took all the responsibility for the data theft of millions of users.
However, the founder of the social media giant said, “2018 is an important year for the whole world. Several countries like India and Pakistan will have general elections. We assure we will do our best to maintain the integrity of upcoming elections in India."
After the 2016 election (US elections), our top priority was protecting the integrity of other elections around the world: Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facebook pic.twitter.com/3tjTFQq8Kx
— ANI (@ANI) April 10, 2018
The 33-year-old Zuckerberg was answering to 44 senators who were each allotted five minutes of time to grill the Facebook chief. The time had potential to ask for follow-up questions too. Zuckerberg was grilled by US lawmakers on how the social media site Facebook collected data and failed to protect people’s personal information. While accepting the mistakes, Zuckerberg apologised and owned up responsibility for whatever happened.
He said, “It is clear that we didn't do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm. That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy." He also said, “There are people in Russia whose job it is to try to exploit our systems, other internet systems, and other systems as well.”
On asked about whether they sell stored data to advertisers he said, “Yes, we store data ... some of that content with people’s permission. There’s a very common misconception that we sell data to advertisers. We do not sell data to advertisers.”
“What we allow is for advertisers to tell us who they want to reach, and then we do the placement … That’s a very fundamental part of how our model works and something that is often misunderstood.”
Recently, whistleblower and former director of Cambrige Analytica (CA), Christopher Wylie has alleged that Indian National Congress had used CA’s services for certain regional elections.
Facebook has been accused of leaking user information to data mining firm CA. Personal data of around 50 million users were reportedly harnessed to gather intelligence to propel Trump’s 2016 election campaign.