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Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook made mistakes with “fake news”, data protection

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WASHINGTON – Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook Inc., will announce this week to lawmakers that his company is “not considering our responsibilities broadly enough” and is taking steps to correct this after revelations of user personal information abuse and election interference by Russian activists.

“With the growth of Facebook, people everywhere have had a powerful new tool for connecting, making their voices heard, and building communities and businesses with the people they love,” Zuckerberg said in a prepared statement that published the was released on Monday by a House Committee. “But it is now clear that we haven’t done enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm.”

His testimony continues in what amounts to an apology tour he began after it became known that user data was illegally divulged by an analytics firm associated with President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. Last week, Facebook announced that data from up to 87 million of its users may have been illegally disclosed, up from the 50 million previously reported.

Mr. Zuckerberg is due to testify on Capitol Hill on Tuesday at a hearing hosted by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and the Judiciary Committee, and then on Wednesday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Facebook said that Mr. Zuckerberg would make the same prepared statement at every hearing.

On a number of topics such as “fake news”, interference in elections and hate speech, he said in the prepared testimony: “We did not see our responsibility broadly enough, and that was a big mistake.”

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