Zuckerberg resists effort by US senators to commit him to regulation

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The profiles of 87 million Facebook users were harvested by a quiz app with the data being sent over to political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

Zuckerberg again apologized for the mistakes which led to the data leak: in its terms of service at the time which allowed developers to collect data on users' Facebook friends and in trusting that Cambridge Analytica had deleted that data, which enabled it to build a "psychological warfare" tool for the targeting of political advertising.

Durbin was among many senators who grilled Zuckerberg on what the social network collected on its users, following revelations that the Trump campaign-affiliated data mining firm Cambridge Analytica scooped up data on millions of Americans without their knowledge.

"In 15 years of covering this particular space, I've always expected a point to come where people say "that's enough and I'm giving too much of my privacy away", Wallbank said.

Zuckerberg was scheduled to testify in front of U.S. Congress Tuesday, and the company he founded in college is being investigated in the United Kingdom and by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

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Next month, the European Union will enact strict new data protection laws limiting what companies like Facebook can do with their users' data.

If you were affected by the breach, a notification should pop up in at the top of your Facebook newsfeed along with an option to change your privacy settings.

"We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake", he said.

Facebook has now posted advice informing users on how their third-party apps use their data, and announced there will be an internal audit once the government completes its investigation.

Many felt that due to the average age of people in the Senate - 62 years old - the questions may be a little outdated. Though the official hearing won't be taking place until Wednesday, Congress has released Zuckerberg's prepared statements to the public a couple days early. Pixel tracking is a piece of code installed on a website to track Facebook users who visit the site.

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Zuckerberg said he was open to regulation, but cautioned against complex rules that might impact emerging social media firms.

He added that the Judiciary Committee "will hold a separate hearing exploring Cambridge and other data privacy issues".

Behind the scenes, Zuckerberg and his team did mock hearings over the past week in a conference room at Facebook set up to look like a congressional hearing room. "They can determine all of that based on so many other factors", said Chirag Shah, a computer science professor at Rutgers University.

He said the Russian campaign of disinformation had been discovered "right around the time" of the U.S. presidential election, and said the company had developed "new AI tools" to identify fake accounts responsible.

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