Mark Zuckerberg, the owner of social networking website Facebook, on Wednesday told the US lawmakers that his own data was included in the approximately 87 million users’ data which was leaked by Cambridge Analytica.
After making this statement, Zuckerberg pushed back on the US Congress’ claims that users do not have enough control of their personal data on Facebook.
Both these statements came in the wake of the privacy scandal at Facebook by the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. Zuckerberg was called in for testimony on Wednesday at the US House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee.
He said, “Every time that someone chooses to share something on Facebook... there is a control. Right there. Not buried in the settings somewhere but right there.”
Appearing on his second day of the testimony, Zuckerberg took questions nearly for five hours in the US Senate hearing. He refused to support any new legislation or change how the website does its business, thus foiling attempts to pin him down.
The internet mogul started the testimony with a public apology and took responsibility for failing to prevent Analytica from leaking the data of millions of its users.
Zuckerberg said that the social media platform did not take proper care of its users’ data and it was a huge mistake, adding that he was the one responsible because he started the website.
The 33-year-old said that whoever was behind this would get better at this, and hence it is the responsibility of Facebook to invest more into the social media giant so that the platform gets better.
He informed the US Congress that by the end of the year, over 20,000 people would be working on reviewing content and security across the company, adding that the company had started deploying new artificial intelligence tools in order to identify the fake accounts which might try to interfere and spread wrong information at the time of elections.
Zuckerberg’s two-day testimony ended on Wednesday.