'I'm sorry', Facebook boss tells European lawmakers

Mark Zuckerberg admitted that Facebook had failed to prevent its tools

Mark Zuckerberg admitted that Facebook had failed to prevent its tools"from being used for harm, in a hearing in Brussels on Tuesday

Just over a month after giving an apology for his company's recent mistakes during two gruelling days of USA congressional hearings, Zuckerberg had rather less time to respond to members of the EU lawmakers who demanded answers - and contrition - after 2.7 million European Facebook users were compromised by political data firm Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with members of the European Parliament today (May 22) in what was billed as a "meeting" but ended up being more of an awkward hearing, in which the executive took a public lashing but was also let off the hook from many tough, detailed questions.

"We weren't prepared enough for the kind of coordinated misinformation operations that we are now aware of", Zuckerberg said, referring to Facebook's role in interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Zuckerberg addressed what he called the "high level" questions raised by regulators, offering assurances that Facebook is working to combat harmful content, and avoid a repeat of the 2016 USA presidential elections, when Russian propagandists used the platform to spread misinformation. "I ask you simply, and that is my final question: can you convince me not to do so?"

"Unfortunately the format was a get out of jail free card and gave Mr Zuckerberg too much room to avoid the hard questions", said Syed Kamall, a British centre-right lawmaker, who attended the meeting in Brussels.

"On average we're down about 25% over the course of this year".

CEO apologized for the company's mistakes but angered European lawmakers by dodging their questions.

Cambridge Analytica used Facebook data to build psychological profiles on millions of people, including 2.7 million from the EU. Facebook is nearly impossible to control and moderate, and the Silicon Valley elites, Zuckerberg included, are hoping that AI will eventually help them bridge these types of gaps.




"You have to ask yourself how you will be remembered". The German Green MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht, one of the architects of the General Data Protection Regulation, which dictates how personal information is handled in the European Union, prevented him from doing so.

Parenthetically, in a study of 50 online publishers released in March, The Western Journal concluded that modifications to Facebook's news feeds have adversely affected conservatives' market share far more than liberals.

The groups created a website, and a Facebook page, to garner support for a petition to the US Federal Trade Commission to require the social media firm to spin off Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger into competing networks, and to "impose strong privacy rules".

His livestreamed testimony in Brussels was the latest stop on a tour of apology for the Cambridge Analytica scandal that saw him quizzed for ten hours in the US Congress in April, and will take him to Paris on Wednesday.

Mark Zuckerberg just testified to the European Parliament - and it was a wash-out. Claude Moraes, a British MEP and chair of the civil liberties committee even honed in on one of the company's biggest issues when it comes to providing European citizens with their complete data files: "The GDPR gives individuals the right to access and verify all of the data a company holds on them".

Zuckerberg did not respond to these questions when it came time for his answers, but he pledged that Facebook (fb) would follow up later in writing.

Describing himself as Facebook's best client (at least on the other side of the Atlantic), Farage continued that since Facebook changed its algorithms earlier this year, many right-of-center commentators who advocate mainstream opinions have seen a profound slump in activity on their Facebook pages, Breitbart News reported.

Mr Zuckerberg has declined to appear in front of British lawmakers.

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