Facebook not done enough to prevent misuse: Zuckerberg

Frederick Owens
May 25, 2018

"We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility".

His appearance in Brussels cane after it was alleged last month it was alleged that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica used the data of millions of Facebook users to target voters during political campaigns, including Brexit and the last United States election.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was criticized earlier this week for avoiding to answer tens of questions asked by the Members of the European Parliament. While some might have expected compensation for the 2.7 million European users who were impacted by the data breach, Facebook has ruled out that possibility.

In response to questions about whether Facebook ought to be broken up, Zuckerberg said the question was not whether there should be regulation but what kind of regulation there should be. Zuckerberg responded with few new answers. "On average we're down about 25% over the course of this year".

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"I can commit to you here today that we have never and will not make decisions about what content is allowed or how we do ranking on the basis of a political orientation". For that, he's sorry, the chief executive officer says in excerpts of his remarks released in advance by the company.

Mr Zuckerberg's words come three days before strict new European Union rules on data protection take effect, with companies risking fines of up to 4% of global turnover for breaching them.

"We've been very clear that we'll roll out the same controls all around the world", he said, adding that "good regulation" would increase user trust in how tech giants use their data. While GDPR has pushed the companies to be more upfront about the data they are collecting, it still depends on the user to read the fine print before agreeing to new policies and giving their consent.

Damian Collins, chair of the British Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee hit out against Zuckerberg after the Brussels grilling this week.

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