May 22–Mark Zuckerberg apologized for failing to adequately protect user data during an appearance before European Parliament that did not allot enough time for the Facebook CEO to adequately address all of the questions directed at him.
“We haven’t done enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm,” he said.
“That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections and developers misusing people’s information. We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility and that was a mistake, and I’m sorry for it.”
Zuckerberg appeared before select members of Parliament Tuesday to address their questions regarding the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The British political consulting firm’s use of Facebook data during the 2016 American presidential election and UK’s “Brexit” referendum has sparked multiple investigations.
The bulk of the meeting however, was spent with the heads of each European party offering their questions to Zuckerberg, who was only allowed to answer after all queries were presented to him, The Guardian reported. With dozens of consecutive questions, the tech big-wig spent around 30 minutes of the 90-minute session addressing lawmakers.
The meeting wrapped with several members objecting to its conclusion given the Facebook head’s lack of response on certain topics.
Damian Collins, chair of the DCMS committee, slammed the sit-down as a “missed opportunity” that allowed Zuckerberg to “cherry-pick his responses and not respond to each individual point.”
“Questions were blatantly dodged on shadow profiles, sharing data between WhatsApp and Facebook, the ability to opt out of political advertising and the true scale of abuse on the platform,” he told the Guardian.
Among the issues Zuckerberg did address was internet regulation.
“I don’t think the question here is whether or not there should be regulation,” he said. “I think the question is what is the right regulation.”
The 34-year-old billionaire also noted that one of Facebook’s top priorities is to prevent election interference in wake of the data-mining scandal and denied the social media hub targets right-leaning pages and accounts.
“It’s very important to me that we’re a service that allows for a wide variety of political discourse,” he said. “We have never and will not make decisions about what content is allowed or how we do ranking on the basis of political orientation.”
The company is however, taking aim at bullying, hate speech and fake accounts, about 580 million of which have been removed from Facebook during the first quarter of this year, Zuckerberg noted.
An additional 200 apps have been suspended from the platform in wake of the Cambridge Analytica incident, which allowed for the now shuttered consult group to improperly obtain the data of millions of users.
As the meeting concluded, Zuckerberg promised to follow up on claims he did not directly address with written responses.
This article provided by NewsEdge.