Just hours after Whatsapp Co-founder Brian Acton urged users to delete their Facebook accounts amid the Cambridge Analytica-Trump scandal (#DeleteFacebook), CEO Mark Zuckerberg is finally addressing the issue.
In addition to detailing the new steps that his company would take to boost the protection of user data and obliging to testify in front of Congress if asked, Zuckerberg states:
“This was a major breach of trust and I’m really sorry that this happened. We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you. [Facebook’s] responsibility now is to make sure that this doesn’t happen again.”
Furthermore, the scandal involves political data firm Cambridge Analytica; who provided private data for more than 50 million users for Trump’s 2016 election campaign; essentially they offered tools to identify the personalities of American voters and influence their behavior.
In addition, Zuckerberg details:
“I think it’s a clear signal that this is a major trust issue for people, and I understand that. And whether people delete their app over it or just don’t feel good about using Facebook, that’s a big issue that I think we have a responsibility to rectify.”
Also, the CEO states that he would be open to testifying in front of Congress if asked to.
“So, if it is ever the case that I am the most informed person at Facebook in the best position to testify, I will happily do that. But the reason why we haven’t done that so far is because there are people at the company whose full jobs are to deal with legal compliance or some of these different things, and they’re just fundamentally more in the details on those things. So, as long as it’s a substantive testimony where what folks are trying to get is as much content as possible, I’m not sure when I’ll be the right person. But I would be happy to if I were.”