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Zuckerberg to appear before congress in Facebook scandal

PICTURED: Mark Zuckerberg

FACEBOOK CEO Mark Zuckerberg will appear before Congress this week, to reportedly apologise for his company’s role in a data privacy scandal and foreign interference in the 2016 elections.

According to prepared remarks released on Monday (Apr 9), Zuckerberg will say the social network “didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility."

Zuckerberg will appear before lawmakers today (Mar 10) and Wednesday (Mar 11) to try and restore public trust in his company.

Facebook came under fire in the worst privacy crisis in its history after it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a data-mining firm affiliated with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, gathered personal information from 87 million users to try to influence elections.

According to Black America Web, in the testimony released by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which he is expected to deliver Wednesday, Zuckerberg apologises for fake news, hate speech, a lack of data privacy and foreign interference in the 2016 elections on his platform.

“We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake,” he says in the remarks. “It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here.”

He will also testify before a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees on Tuesday and before the House panel on Wednesday.

Separately, Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post Monday that the company is establishing an independent election research commission that will look into the effects of social media on elections and democracy.

He said the commission will work with foundations across the U.S. to set up a committee of academic experts who will come up with research topics and select independent researchers to study them.

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