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Here's Mark Zuckerberg's Written Testimony For Congress

Here's Mark Zuckerberg's Written Testimony For Congress

"I am very concerned about this breach of privacy and it's unacceptable", Peters said.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will apologize for his company's role in a data privacy scandal and foreign interference in the 2016 elections when he appears before Congress this week, saying the social network "didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility", according to prepared remarks released today.

"They don't understand ad targeting and they will probably ask him a bunch of unrelated questions that play to their respective political bases", said one technology industry source, who spoke on condition on anonymity because his company had not authorized him to speak on the matter for the record. "An American company, I believe, has a responsibility to America".

He is due to appear before a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Commerce Committee, and on Wednesday will go before House lawmakers. The meetings included a session with Florida Sen.

A woman poses in front of a computer displaying the Facebook logo in Mill Valley, California on March 21, 2018. Cambridge Analytica has disputed Facebook's estimate of the number of affected users.

It wasn't until mid-March that the story really blew up after reports by the New York Times and the United Kingdom -based Observer. "My top priority has always been our social mission of connecting people, building community and bringing the world closer together", he will say "Advertisers and developers will never take priority over that as long as I'm running Facebook".

ABC Action News reached out to Facebook.

Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat who sits on both Senate committees, compared the scrutiny of Facebook's data-collection practices by Congress to the landmark 1960s exposé of the US automobile industry that prompted lawmakers to introduce far-reaching safety regulations.

What are the chances of future Facebook privacy breaches?

Separately, Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post yesterday that the company is establishing an independent election research commission that will look into the effects of social media on elections and democracy.

Facebook allows apps to access much of users' profile information but has tightened up some controls.

Facebook is still reeling from a privacy scandal over its data collection policies following the revelation that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica obtained data on as many as 87 million users. CNBC reported over the weekend that CubeYou misled users into thinking its quizzes were for non-profit academic research but actually sold the information it gathered to marketers.

Powerful lobbying forces assemble against any effort to convert public and political outrage into regulation, privacy advocates have said.

The April 10 appearance-under the title Facebook, Social Media Privacy, and the Use and Abuse of Data-will be streamed on the Judiciary's website.

"Our relationship was not commercial in nature and no fees or client projects were exchanged", the university told CNBC.

But Facebook's latest PR effort may still prove to be too little, too late.

Zuckerberg goes on to detail how Facebook intertwined with the election interference and misuse of private data, even lending support to legislation to prevent a repetition of Russian ads aimed at other voters.

On the other hand, Republicans are not looking to seek any regulation. Which ones will the company support?

Facebook is facing severe blowback.

Why did Facebook not tell the public and regulators that personal information gathered by a third party had been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica when it first found out about it in 2015?


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