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Zuckerberg takes blame for user data leak; blames Russia’s manipulations

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUTestifying before the US Congress, Facebook social network’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg took personal responsibility for the leak of personal data of several dozen million users. At the same time, he warned about ‘arms race’ with Russia’s disinformation.

«It was my mistake, and I’m sorry,» Zukerberg said about handing over data of 87 million users to Cambridge Analytica political consultancy firm, which cooperated with Donald Trump’s pre-election campaign in 2016.

«I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here,» said the businessman, adding that Facebook failed to sufficiently protect the platform, admitting «that goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy».

According to Zuckerberg, there is an ongoing fight to defend against Russia’s attempts to manipulate Facebook and influence elections in USA and elsewhere.

«There are people in Russia whose job it is to try to exploit our systems and other internet systems…. So this is an arms race. They’re going to keep getting better and we need to invest in getting better at this too,» said Zuckerberg.

In March Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has apologised for the social network failing to ensure enough privacy to its users that allowed for data on about 50 million of its users to abused by a political consultancy firm.

British public broadcaster BBC reports citing Zuckerberg’s interview with CNN that he was «really sorry», and pledged to take action against «rogue apps»: «We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you».

To tackle current and previous issues, the company’s co-founder and CEO has stated it would, among other things, investigate all Facebook apps that had access to large amounts of information until 2014, perform a «full forensic audit» of any app with suspicious activity and ban developers that had misused personally identifiable information.

The current scandal involving Facebook is about a whistle-blower claiming that before Facebook tightened its privacy rules in 2014 data of about 50 million people was harvested for British company Cambridge Analytica, which, the whistle-blower says, then used the data to profile people and provide alternative political content in relation to the 2016 U.S. presidential election.


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  1. Linda says:

    is the warning about Russia fogging the issue of lax security at Facebook. Certainly the home page is all about everyone revealing their all to all and sundry. Keep your personal facts to bear minimum and dont have so many so called friends and acquaintances of whom you have never heard of.

    We dont need Facebook to tell us of warnings of Russia, the facts of history and current world politics speak volumes.

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