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Zuckerberg Touts Facebook 'Philosophical Shift' In Face Of Data Scandals

11 April 2018

"It was a big mistake".

The social media pioneer admitted "we have made a lot of mistakes" and "I'm sorry", repeatedly making references the company's "origin story" of being set-up in his Harvard dorm room.

Separately, Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post Monday that the company is establishing an independent election research commission that will look into the effects of social media on elections and democracy.

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The company is now in an "arms race" with Russia, Zuckerberg said, and that it it's moderator team would beef up to 20,000 workers by the end of the year.

On "Outnumbered", Lisa Boothe said she thinks this entire controversy is a bunch of "baloney". The questions were, to be lenient, were overwhelming for the Facebook CEO. "Then again, Facebook is extraordinary".

The House Energy and Commerce Committee also released his planned opening statement ahead of his Wednesday testimony. Cambridge Analytica, a data mining firm used by Donald Trump's presidential campaign, was able to access user data on Facebook through a third-party quiz app. The notice says the app misused the information, including public profiles, page likes, birthdays and current cities, by sharing it with Cambridge Analytica. But she is concerned about how changes Facebook might make to its privacy policies, including how its users are targeted, could affect her work.

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While Zuckerberg took responsibility for Facebook's shortcomings in preventing abuse of the platform, he nonetheless continued to defend the company's core business model: Using personal data to target ads.

"I just don't feel like we're connecting", Sen. "So we build technical tools to try to identify when people are creating fake accounts, especially large networks of fake accounts, like the Russians have in order to remove all of that content", he said.

Cambridge was far from the only hot topic at the hearing, which stretched on for hours as 44 senators from two committees took turns grilling the Facebook leader. You can also follow Zuckerberg's testimony in the live blog below.

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Not so fast, the much-older senators told Zuckerberg, 33, who was perched atop a seat pillow for the much-anticipated hearing into whether and how the breach affected the 2016 elections.

Zuckerberg Touts Facebook 'Philosophical Shift' In Face Of Data Scandals