Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has apologized several times on 10 April in front of the 42 members of the US Senate over failure to protect the personal information of millions of Americans from Russians intent on upsetting the US election.
Zuckenberg during some five hours of Senate questioning on Cambridge Analytica Data Scandal disclosed that his company was “working with” special counsel Robert Mueller in the federal probe of Russian election interference and said it was working hard to change its own operations.
He added that “Over the past few weeks, we’ve been working to understand exactly what happened with Cambridge Analytica and taking steps to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”
Even he said that Facebook took important actions to prevent this from happening again today four years ago, but we also made mistakes, there’s more to do, and we need to step up and do it.
When grilled over Cambridge Analytica Row he further added that previous month, we learned from The Guardian, The New York Times and Channel 4 that Cambridge Analytica may not have deleted the data as they had certified. We immediately banned them from using any of our services.
But on other hand the Cambridge Analytica has claimed that they have already deleted the data and has agreed to a forensic audit by a firm we hired to investigate this.
When responding to Russian interference Zuckenberg said “We will continue working with the Russian Government to understand the full extent of Russian interference, and we will do our part.” Claiming that they are too slow to spot and respond to Russian interference, but they are working hard to get better.
Facebook is working on building new technologies, building better controls, investigating other apps having an access to large amount of information; we are in process of restricting more APIs like groups and events. We are trying our best to safeguard our platform in order not to repeat this kind of mistakes ever.