Zuckerberg apologizes to Europe for ‘damage’

Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has apologized to the European Parliament lawmakers for their role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal and to allow fake news to proliferate on their platform.

Cambridge Analytica, who denies any wrongdoing, is accused of acquisition of data of 87 million Facebook profiles for use in political campaigns.

In opening remarks, shared ahead of the hearing, Mr. Zuckerberg apologized for Facebook instruments are used “to harm”.

“That was a mistake,” he added.

Mr. Zuckerberg has been criticized for not having enough care about the way of third parties, such as the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica access to the information of Facebook users.

The social network is also facing criticism for not addressing false news.

Several Deputies asked the Facebook chief if he felt that the firm was a monopoly. He was also questioned about whether the company can be trusted to implement the necessary changes.

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In addition, Guy Verhofstadt MEP asked Mr. Zuckerberg if he wanted to be remembered as “the genius who created a digital monster.”

Meanwhile, the British MEP and leader Brexiteer Nigel Farage, expressed his opinion that Facebook was not politically neutral platform to the question of whether the social network “deliberately discriminated” against the right of center commentators.

The meeting between Mr. Zuckerberg and the European Parliament’s political group leaders had originally been planned to be held in private.

But that sparked a wave of criticism that turns out to be livestreamed via the web.

However, the format of the meeting is very different from that of the Lord Zuckerberg testimony to us lawmakers in April.

While american politicians took turns to interrogate the Facebook chief in a series of back-and-forth exchanges, the leaders of the European Parliament, various political groups are each asking several questions each one, and the tech chief is waiting until they are all delivered before responding.

That probably will give Mr. Zuckerberg more control over how to handle the situation.
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‘Committed to Europe”

Ahead of the questions, Mr. Zuckerberg made some opening remarks.

“It has become clear over the last couple of years that we have not done enough to prevent the tools that we have built to be used for the damage,” he said.

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“If it is false news, foreign interference in the elections or to the developers of misuse of the information of the people, we did not have sufficiently broad view of our responsibilities.”

Mr. Zuckerberg added that the company was “committed to Europe”, with plans to hire 10,000 people in 12 European cities at the end of the year.

“I hope that this will significantly impact on our profitability,” he said, adding that “keeping people safe will always be more important than maximising our profits.”

Uk Meps are willing to pose their own questions to Mr. Zuckerberg about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but the Facebook founder until the moment it refused to make a trip to the uk.

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Facebook recently transferred 1.5 million international users of the jurisdiction of its European headquarters in Ireland, to that of its US headquarters, with some speculating this is to avoid the costly legal action resulting from a breach of the eu General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The sweeping changes to the laws on data protection will enable consumers to have much more control over how your personal information is used.

Several of the Deputies, challenged the Lord Zuckerberg over whether he was fully committed to obeying the new rules.