Facebook data breach: Zuckerberg breaks silence, apologizes
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized for the data breach debacle which hounded the company and even opened the door to testifying before Congress, reports say. Speaking to CNN’s Laurie Segall, Zuckerberg said, "What we try to do is send the person at Facebook who will have the most knowledge. If that's me, then I am happy to go."
Though Facebook has a number of lawyers and lobbyists, Zuckerberg himself never testified before a congressional committee, reports say. However, lawmakers in Europe and other countries wish to change that and have called Zuckerberg to testify before legislative bodies.
Facebook maintained that the data was initially collected by a Cambridge University professor Aleksandr Kogan, for academic purposes which was in lines with Facebook’s rules at that time. The rules were later updated and the amount of information gathered by the researcher was limited. In 2015, it was revealed that Kogan had shared the data collected by his app to Cambridge Analytica. Facebook banned the app and the developer and Cambridge Analytica had to certify that they deleted the data. While they provided the certifications, it was revealed last week that Cambridge Analytica may not have deleted the information as they had certified.
In a statement on Zuckerberg’s personal page, he mentioned steps that the company would take in order to protect user data. Speaking to CNN, Zuckerberg said "This was a major breach of trust, and I'm really sorry that this happened. We have a basic responsibility to protect peoples' data."