Mark Zuckerberg Testifies before US Senate on Facebook Data Breaches

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One of iconic pictures of Mark Zuckerberg / Photo by: Jason McELweenie via Flickr

 

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the US Senators Tuesday, wherein he was asked about Facebook’s ability to protect the personal data of its users in relation to foreign meddling in the US elections, reported USA Today.

Among the key takeaways from the hearing was that Zuckerberg was not able to clarify the connection of Facebook, if any, between data mining firm Cambridge Analytica that reportedly improperly accessed the private information of 87 million of Facebook users and the Russian-linked firm that bought the ads. “We’re investigating that now,” he said, adding that his team believes that “it is entirely possible that there will be a connection there.”

The social media executive also said that one of his greatest regrets in running the company is that they were slow in knowing about the Russian information operations back in 2016.  As Zuckerberg defended Facebook as a source of good for its users and the world, such as that people now have a “powerful” tool to stay connected with those that they love and people have used it in building their businesses, Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson warned. “Let me just cut to the chase. If you and other social media companies do not get your act in order, none of us are going to have any privacy anymore," he said.

When asked why the American public and the lawmakers should trust the company, Zuckerberg said, “I’m committed to getting this right.”