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Zuckerberg says he made a mistake in dismissing fake news

05 April 2018

The Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees also have called for Zuckerberg to appear before them.

His participation is yet unconfirmed but Senator Dianne Feinstein told the San Francisco Chronicle that Zuckerberg had agreed to attend that hearing.

On the user-facing level, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is denying a report (via TechCrunch) from earlier today, claiming that European Union privacy regulations won't apply to all users.

Interim Democratic Institutions Minister Scott Brison said Facebook's latest update was "deeply concerning".

Zuckerberg, asked why Cambridge Analytica was only recently banned, said they hadn't really been accessing Facebook's services several years back, until the 2016 election, and that he wasn't aware of the company's reputation.

Facebook, meanwhile, is now running a full-court press after a shaky start: having Zuckerberg interview with numerous outlets, as well as taking steps to reign in the personal data made available to third-party developers.

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Sandberg will preview Mark Zuckerberg's testimony before Congress regarding Facebook's controversial security scandal involving consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

Besides the privacy scandal, Facebook also has been dealing with fake news, the use of Facebook to spread hate and discord and concerns about social media's effect on people's mental well-being.

Facebook today April 4th has said it is updating and intensifying its terms on privacy and data sharing so as to help users see better how the social network is handling personal information.

In a call with media on Wednesday, Zuckerberg calls this a "huge mistake" and added, "it's my mistake".

Zuckerberg told reporters that he accepted blame for the data leak, which has angered users, advertisers and lawmakers, while also saying he was still the right person to head the company he founded. This made it easy to add Facebook Events to the calendar, ticketing or other apps.

Cambridge Analytica reiterated on Twitter Wednesday afternoon that it did not use the data in question in the US presidential election. "We know we have more work to do-and we'll keep you updated as we make more changes".

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Facebook also says Search and Account Recovery has been revoked, to reduce people's information being scraped.

On Tuesday, Zuckerberg announced Facebook was banning more than 270 pages and accounts linked to the Russian Internet Research Agency which he said, "has repeatedly acted deceptively and tried to manipulate people in the US, Europe, and Russia".

Facebook's announcement was substantially higher than the previous estimate of more than 50 million users being affected.

Facebook is facing its worst privacy scandal in years following allegations that a Trump-affiliated data mining firm, Cambridge Analytica, used ill-gotten data from millions of users to try to influence elections.

According to Facebook's official statement, the suspensions came after the company learned that Kogan, a Cambridge University researcher had taken data collected from an app that allowed users to take a personality quiz. From that link, you'll be able to remove any apps you no longer want connected to your account (something you can already do via App Settings).

"This is a big shift for us to take a lot more responsibility for how each of the tools are used", Zuckerberg said.

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Zuckerberg says he made a mistake in dismissing fake news