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Mark Zuckerberg ”It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here”

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, for the first time faced U.S Congress over the data sharing scandal. During the course of a marathon five hour long hearing, Zuckerberg answered the questions asked by the Senate commerce and judiciary committees on privacy, data mining, regulations and Cambridge Analytica.

He answered questions from the social network’s role in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections to how the company handles data and also on how Facebook will handle future elections, whether it was a monopoly, and how it should be regulated.

Taking the responsibly Zuckerberg apologized saying, ”It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here. It’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm. That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy”.

On right to privacy, Facebook CEO added, ”I believe it’s important to tell people exactly how the information that they share on Facebook is going to be used That’s why, every single time you go to share something on Facebook, whether it’s a photo in Facebook, or a message, every single time, there’s a control right there about who you’re going to be sharing it with, and you can change that and control that in line. To your broader point about the privacy policy, long privacy policies are very confusing. And if you make it long and spell out all the details, then you’re probably going to reduce the per cent of people who read it and make it accessible to them”.

Facebook, dividing the world!

So next time you share anything personal on Facebook, be careful and thoughtful as well, for our part of the world we are more concerned about our personal privacy not about U.S elections aren’t we.

It was a room full of energy, Facebook CEO on hot seat, cameras surrounding him, whole of the world were watching over it. Facebook is almost a ritual for millions around the world. Each senator was given less than five minutes for questions, there wasn’t any room for follow ups, no chance for big discoveries and many frustratingly half developed ideas. The twitter was also electric; people were not much satisfied over his appearance before U.S Congress

Whether Facebook is a monopoly or not, there was a heated exchange between Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Zuckerberg over that question. To which he replied, “Doesn’t feel like that to me.”

Saman Siddiqui

I am a freelance journalist, holding a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and an MS in Peace and Conflict Studies, associated with the electronic media industry since 2006 in various capacities. Here at OyeYeah, I cover a range of genres, from journalism to fiction to fashion, including reviews, and fact findings. 

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