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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Met With US Lawmakers Before Hearing

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Met With US Lawmakers Before Hearing

"Facebook has promised that they are closing the loopholes that allowed that kind of data to be exposed".

His testimony says Facebook had been aware of traditional Russian cyberthreats such as hacking and malware for years prior to the reports of Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential election.

The 33-year-old internet mogul is scheduled to appear at 2:15 p.m. local time before a joint hearing of the U.S. Senate's Commerce and Judiciary committees.

Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify to Congress this week to answer questions surrounding the scandal and how the company handles privacy and user data.

The Menlo Park, Calif., firm also unveiled a proposal to support academics who are researching the role that social media plays in democratic elections, including an independent peer-review process to oversee how scholars access "privacy-protected" data about Facebook users.

That crisis has since snowballed into a broader scandal over Facebook's approach to privacy and use of user data, with the controversy heightened by the leak of a memo written by a company exec in which they defended growth at any cost, even if people died (Zuckerberg has since said he strongly disagreed with the memo).

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg expressed contrition for allowing third-party apps to grab the data of its users without their permission and for being "too slow to spot and respond to Russian interference" during the USA election, according to his prepared remarks published by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Democrat on the energy and commerce committee, wrote in an op-ed that she expected Mr. Zuckerberg to provide a "detailed accounting" of how personal information was ultimately shared with Cambridge Analytica.

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Mr. Zuckerberg acknowledges he was slow to spot Russian "bots" using Facebook to meddle in the 2016 US vote. The company is now informing users if their data has been compromised in Cambridge Analytica breach or not.

By flooding the zone with product fixes and executive interviews, Facebook has effectively armed Zuckerberg with more convincing talking points to use when he gets grilled by Congress. "And really, you know, what you're seeing is Facebook sending out the message incrementally that, hey, we know that our borders were porous, but we're building a wall".

"Yes, I am relieved, yes, because that's scary", Walker said. Depending on which post you see, you'll find out whether or not your data was included in the 87 million profiles swept up on behalf of Cambridge Analytica.

In a testimony released yesterday on the eve of his first Congressional appearance, Zuckerberg accepts responsibility for the social networks failure to protect private data of its 87 million users and prevent manipulation of the platform. Facebook's Archibong told CNBC that the company is asking United Kingdom authorities to request information about "the development of apps in general by its Psychometrics Centre given this case and the misuse by [Aleksandr] Kogan", the professor who developed the Cambridge Analytica quiz.

He will also likely face questions about ads and posts placed by Russian operatives, in what US authorities believe was an attempt to influence the USA 2016 election.

Cambridge Analytica said in a statement last Wednesday that it had data for only 30 million Facebook users. Any research can then be shared with the public without Facebook's permission.

Zeynep Tufekci from University of North Carolina apprehended that the testimony just turns into congressional spectacle, that lawmakers yell at Zuckerberg.