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Zuckerberg apologizes for Facebook errors before facing Congress

Facebook President Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged the mistake, saying he personally took responsibility for the security holes in the world’s largest social networking site, a day before he appeared before the US Congress.

A congressional committee published comments to Zuckerberg that included his apology and justification for what happened as a very perfect and failed to recognize how this platform used by two billion people to be exploited and manipulated.

Zuckerberg, 33, will appear before the Senate and Wednesday before the House of Representatives in a storm over the theft of information from millions of users on the site by the British company Cambridge Analytica, which worked for President Donald Trump’s campaign.

Reuters news agency said Zuckerberg will face a question on how to share 87 million Facebook users illegally with the political consulting company Cambridge Analytics, and is expected to face questions about announcements and comments posted by Russian intelligence officers on the site, while authorities believe That it is an attempt to influence the 2016 US presidential election.

Ideal and optimistic
During his meetings with congressmen on Monday, Zuckerberg described his company as “idealistic and optimistic,” but admitted that “it is now clear that we did not do what we should to prevent the use of these tools as well.” This applies to misleading news, foreign interference in elections and hate speech, To data privacy “.

The Facebook founder pointed to a series of steps adopted to avoid inappropriate use of third-party information, as well as new privacy protection settings, adding that Facebook will increase the number of its security personnel and review content from 15,000 to more than 20,000 at the end of this year.

If Zuckerberg does not give satisfactory answers this week, Congress will probably push for new laws to crack down on Facebook, a tightening of procedures would have a negative impact on the company’s ability to attract ads whose revenue is the company’s main source of income, Up 17% from the January high.

In September, Facebook revealed the use of fake social networking names by Russian citizens to try to influence US voters in the months leading up to the 2016 election, writing controversial topics and buying advertisements.

In February, US special investigator Robert Mueller accused 13 Russian and three Russian companies of interfering in elections by splitting social media.
Source: Reuters

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