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Zuckerberg apologises for Facebook's mistakes

Zuckerberg apologises for Facebook's mistakes

Zuckerberg released a prepared testimony to the House of Energy and Commerce apologising for the data scandal and explaining what happened with Cambridge Analytica, how it happened and how Facebook will rectify the situation.

Despite the changes, Mr. Zuckerberg is still expected to face a grilling from members of Congress about his company's privacy policies, foreign political interference and Facebook's extraordinarily profitable ad-based business model, which involves collecting and analyzing personal information on users to help advertisers better target their audience. Cambridge Analytica is one example of how a malicious actor used Facebook's third-party data consent to sweep up tens of millions of records, but experts agree that it's not going to be the only case that comes to light.

"For New Zealand, we estimate a total of 63,724 people may have been impacted - 10 are estimated to have downloaded the quiz app with 63,714 friends possibly impacted", said Antonia Sanda, head of communications for Facebook in Australia and New Zealand. He will be testifying before Congress Tuesday.

"If we find developers that misused personally identifiable information, we will ban them and tell everyone affected by those apps", Zuckerberg said. "Yeah of course I'd like to know, it's my privacy and we're all entitled to that and we expect that when we sign up", said Daniel Regua, a Facebook user and resident of San Jose. Here are five questions that could shed more light on Facebook's privacy practices and the degree to which it is really sorry about playing fast and loose with user data - or just because its practices have drawn the spotlight.

CONTEXT: Facebook collects data on its own (your likes, which ads you click on, etc.); keeps data you share yourself (photos, videos, messages); and correlates data from outside sources to data on its platform (email lists from marketers, and until recently, information from credit agencies).

It started with concerns about fake news items that circulated during the United States presidential election. Moreover, Facebook says it will not have approval over the research topics or findings.

The notice comes as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepares to face US Congress over the social network's involvement in the 2016 election and its connections to Russian Federation.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.

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).

CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook came up with the 87 million figure by calculating the maximum number of friends that users could have had while the app was collecting data. One of them turned out to be connected to Cambridge Analytica, which was using the data for right-wing political campaigns - a fact that was lucidly and widely reported as early as 2015 but promptly lost in the roiling insanity of primary season.

For hearings previous year about Russia's alleged use of social media to influence American politics, Facebook, Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google sent lawyers, angering lawmakers. "I think he understands that regulation could be right around the corner", Nelson said.

"People have this idea that we are going to pass omnibus privacy legislation and it is going to be a silver bullet", said Alvaro Bedoya, a former congressional aide who worked on privacy issues for former Senator Al Franken.

Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana said he wanted candor from Facebook.

But in his prepared testimony and recent public statements, he's also trying something new - a shift in how Facebook describes its relationship with content on the site.


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