After its controversial mining of data for over 87 million users, Facebook CEO Zuckerberg appeared apologetic ahead of the grilling by Congress on Monday.
“Looking back, it’s clear we were too slow identifying election interference in 2016, and we need to do better in future elections,” Zuckerberg said in an open letter posted on Facebook to its 2.2 billion users minutes before he met privately with senators.
He attended his first meeting on Monday in closed doors with Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson after which he declined to give the meeting’s highlights to the reporters. Hours later, he met with the top Democrat who was in-charge of Commerce, Science and Transportation committee which was to hear the case on Tuesday. In a brief statement, Nelson told the reporters that the Facebook Co-founder was ready and willing to turn things around in areas that mistakes had been made.
Since the dark story of data mining came to the limelight, the CEO has been taking measures to try and control the damage that had occurred. There have been reports of taking full control mode of the systems after the bitter allegations about the company started in 2004.
In his earlier tweet the CEO said: If you’ve followed me for a while, you know one of my top priorities for 2018 in making sure Facebook prevents interference and misinformation in elections.
I’ve written about a number of the steps we’re taking — from building new AI tools to take down thousands of fake accounts to verifying every political advertiser and large page admin to launching industry-leading ads transparency tools. Today we’re taking another step — establishing an independent election research network..’
According to Nelson, the CEO is aware of the regulations that would follow and believes that he is taking the matter seriously. He added to say that according to the CEO, the company was lied to by Cambridge Analytica and did not see it coming.
Before critical decisions were to be made, the committee was to hear both sides, of the story. From the CEO’s side, and the Russian investigation and their involvement in the United States Presidential Elections.
The Facebook CEO is set to testify before the senate Judiciary and Commerce, Science and transportation committees on Tuesday. He is then scheduled to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday. Zuckerberg issued out a Facebook statement which he intends to use before the two houses which stated that;
“We were too slow to spot and respond to Russian interference, and we’re working hard to get better,” he says. “That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections and hate speech as well as developers and data privacy. 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.”
In his earlier post of Facebook he announced his new plans for the company to use the new artificial intelligence tools which is meant to take down thousands of fake accounts on Facebook verify every political advertiser and establish a new and reliable independent election research commission.
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