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Zuckerberg apologizes for Facebook's privacy failures

12 April 2018

Most notably from California Senator Kamala Harris, who grilled Zuckerberg about his failure to address certain questions including Facebook's decision to not notify users about Cambridge Analytica back in 2015 and how far Facebook tracks users beyond the social network.

Mark Zuckerberg insisted once again Tuesday that Facebook doesn't sell your data, calling it a common misconception people have about Facebook.

Facebook is implementing the GDPR standards for European users next month, and some of its rules will be extended to United States and other users later, he confirmed.

Mr Zuckerberg deflected requests to support specific legislation.

Though only 270 000 people consented to giving the app their Facebook profile information, the app gained access to 87-million people, including almost 60 000 South Africans.

But when faced with Congressional questions, Zuckerberg has been anything but transparent about how much responsibility his company should face for the ongoing scandal, which has led to some awkward exchanges.

"There is more work to do, but we are committed to confronting abuse and to putting you in control of your privacy", Facebook said.

"We did this because the app may have misused some of your Facebook information by sharing it with a company called Cambridge Analytica", the notifications read.

Lawmakers in both parties have floated possible regulation of Facebook and other social media companies amid privacy scandals and Russian intervention on the platform. "We assure we will do our best to maintain the integrity of upcoming elections in India".

The senators asked Zuckerberg how he'd feel if his personal information was compromised. "I know of no surveillance organisation that gives people the option to delete the data that they have, or even know what they're collecting", said Zuckerberg.

However, users can confirm for themselves if their personal information was harvested by the political research firm by visiting the Facebook Help Centre. "There is absolutely no directive in any of the changes we make to have a bias in anything we do". "It's been admitted by Facebook that you do collect data points on non-average users, so my question is can someone who does not have a Facebook account opt out of Facebook's involuntary data collection?"