Zuckerburg Admits Fault, Facebook Releases List of Fixes

Zuckerberg Admits Fault, Facebook Releases List of Fixes

Mark Zuckerberg released his remarks to Congress following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Mark Zuckerberg has a very clear message for Congress in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal: It is my fault.

Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, will take the blame for mistakes that led to the Cambridge Analytica scandal and lay out steps taken to prevent it from happening again, according to a copy of Zuckerberg's remarks prepared to be delivered to one of the committees before which he will be testifying.

"It's clear now that we didn't do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm," Zuckerberg says in his prepared remarks. "That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy."

Zuckerberg admins that Facebook didn't take "a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake."

"It was my mistake, and I am sorry," Zuckerberg said. "I started Facebook, I run it, and I'm responsible for what happens here."

Facebook's chief technology officer, Mike Schroepfer, has listed the many ways in which Facebook is now tightening up access to the data that members provide.

"Two weeks ago we promised to take a hard look at the information apps can use when you connect them to Facebook as well as other data practices," Schroepfer wrote in a blog post. Today, we want to update you on the changes we’re making to better protect your Facebook information."

Facebook said the nine most important changes being made will affect Events API, Groups API, Pages API, Facebook Login, Instagram Platform API, Call and Text History, Data Providers and Partner Categories as well as App Controls.

"In total, we believe the Facebook information of up to 87 million people - mostly in the US - may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica," Schroepfer said in the blog post. "Overall, we believe these changes will better protect people’s information while still enabling developers to create useful experiences. We know we have more work to do — and we’ll keep you updated as we make more changes."

Zuckerberg is expected to address Congress Tuesday afternoon.


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