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Mark Zuckerberg Brings Apology Tour to Congress


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has acknowledged the failing of the social network company, issuing an apology in a statement. Members of Congress questioning Mark Zuckerberg "We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake".

In prepared remarks released by a House committee, Zuckerberg said the company has notified all users affected in the scandal.

Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg swapped his trademark T-shirt and jeans for a dark suit and a purple tie on Monday as he met USA lawmakers to apologize for the social network's misuse of its members' data and to head off possible regulation.

Facebook is initiating ways to make it easier for users to understand how their data is being used.

Approximately 87 million of Facebook's account holders may have had their personal information shared, according to the social media company.

The Senate hearing, the first of two appearances Zuckerberg will make before Congress this week, begins at 2:15 p.m. ET on Capitol Hill. "We did so in full compliance with our legal obligations to preserve messages". "And if we find that someone is improperly using data, we'll ban them and tell everyone affected".

At the heart of this initiative will be a group of scholars who will define the research agenda; solicit proposals for independent research on a range of different topics; and manage a peer-review process to select scholars who will receive funding for their research -- as well as access to privacy-protected datasets from Facebook which they can analyse.

Facebook has said that as many as 146 million people may have received information from a Russian agency that's accused of orchestrating much of the cyber meddling in the election. Facebook will also perform a "forensic audit" of existing apps that may have had access to a lot of data.

The social media giant is grappling with a government report that says Russian Federation tried to meddle with US elections in part by using Facebook.

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Nelson said he has asked the Congressional leadership to to haul Cambridge Analytica in to answer questions at a separate hearing.

The Silicon Valley firm also deleted a feature that allowed people to search for users' profiles based on their e-mail addresses and phone numbers, which Mr. Zuckerberg said had been abused by "malicious actors" to collect information about many Facebook users.

"Our goals are to understand Facebook's impact on upcoming elections - like Brazil, India, Mexico and the U.S. midterms - and to inform our future product and policy decisions", Elliot Schrage, Vice President of Communications and Public Policy, and David Ginsberg, Director of Research at Facebook, said in a blog post. Facebook shares closed up 0.5 percent on Monday.

Facebook has also suspended two more apps in recent days because they might have misused people's data, adding to a growing list of firms being investigated by the social media company.

The White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the administration is looking forward to his testimony.

Trafficking investigators say they have seen no drop off in the illegal products offered for sale on Facebook after prior public pledges by the company to crack down.

Mark Zuckerberg, are you listening? He reportedly met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Monday as well.

"Facebook is not an innocent bystander to these crimes", said Stephen Kohn, executive director of the National Whistleblower Center.

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