Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized for his company’s mistakes in handling users’ personal information during a congressional hearing on Tuesday.
Zuckerberg told lawmakers at a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees that “Facebook is an idealistic and optimistic company.” He emphasized that the social network giant have been focused on all the good things that connecting people can do.” However, the company now realized that it didn’t do enough to prevent certain entities from using its tools to do harm.
Zuckerberg accepts responsibility for Facebook’s failures
“That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy. We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake,” said Zuckerberg.
The Facebook CEO accepted responsibility for his company’s missteps. He said, “It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here.”