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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologises to US Senate

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologises to US Senate

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress.

On Wednesday, he will answer even more questions, from 55 representatives on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, about the role Facebook played in various data-privacy scandals and how it can address those issues.

Thirty percent of Facebook users in 2011 said they were concerned about the invasion of privacy. "And all of a sudden I start receiving advertisements for chocolate". It was like watching your grandfather ask Henry Ford for a driving lesson.

In his opening statement committee chair Greg Walden quoted the company's early motto to "move fast and break things", asking whether the company had "moved too fast and broken too many things". A notification that appeared on Facebook for some users Tuesday told them that "one of your friends" used Facebook to log into a now-banned personality quiz app called "This Is Your Digital Life".

Zuckerberg said it "is inevitable that there will need to be some regulation" of internet companies, an idea that has been floated by Republican and Democratic lawmakers. Zuckerberg looked dumbstruck. He tried to return to his talking points, but Blumenthal interrupted him. "Here is my reservation, Mr. Zuckerberg", he said. Pick the one you want and hit Save to confirm. "I started Facebook", Zuckerberg's testimony reads. Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools.

One of the test cellphones installed with the'Google Go app
One of the test cellphones installed with the'Google Go app

The ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect more people more often is de facto good.

Facebook users are increasingly worried about their privacy online amid revelations that political contractor Cambridge Analytica used the social media platform to obtain information on 87 million Americans without their consent, according to a new Gallup poll. Or for our stock price (ha!). It is literally just what we do. We connect people. Period. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, that "I'm not the type of person who thinks that all regulation is bad". Graham asked Zuckerberg if he believed what Bosworth had written. "No, Senator, I do not", Zuckerberg replied. Kings have a hard time winning the broad trust of society, precisely because they're kings; humans simply tend to be less trusting of people with absolute and unchecked power. Zuckerberg said, "Well, Senator, we try to run a company in a way that people can express different opinions internally". On average, how many data points does Facebook have on each Facebook user?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election.

Absolutely, Zuckerberg responded, saying later in an exchange with Sen. Yet Facebook's business model and leadership structure are still there.

Cambridge Analytica insists it deleted the harvested data as soon as it was informed it breached Facebook's terms of use.