Mark Zuckerberg Testimony to Congress: Fake News, Data Leak ‘Was My Mistake’
The U.S. Congress has released Mark Zuckerberg’s prepared testimony a few days before the Facebook CEO is scheduled to appear in front of the governing body.
Zuckerberg said he’s “responsible” for problems involving “fake news” and a massive data leak.
“It’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as well. That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy,” said Zuckerberg in his prepared remarks to the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. “We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here.”
The 33-year-old exec is set to testify before the committee on Wednesday, following the revelation that 87 million users had their data unknowingly accessed by political firm Cambridge Analytica. Zuckerberg said the social network has to go beyond its goal of connecting the world if it’s going to make a positive impact.
“It’s not enough to just connect people, we have to make sure those connections are positive. It’s not enough to just give people a voice, we have to make sure people aren’t using it to hurt people or spread misinformation,” said Zuckerberg in his testimony. “It’s not enough to give people control of their information, we have to make sure developers they’ve given it to are protecting it too. Across the board, we have a responsibility to not just build tools, but to make sure those tools are used for good.”
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Source: The Wrap