The founder of Facebook has apologized to the European Parliament for the scandal of leaking personal data of users of its social network.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has apologized to the European Parliament on Tuesday for his responsibility in the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal and has promised measures to ensure user safety, “although it will take time” .
In a session broadcast live on the Internet, Zuckerberg has highlighted before the president of the European Parliament and political groups, the benefits of technology to be in contact with those closest to them in crisis situations as in the case of terrorist attacks or for refugees arriving in Europe. However, he admitted that “in recent years we have not done what is necessary to prevent these tools that we have built from being used to harm”.
Faced with the damage that may have caused the misuse of their applications, the founder of Facebook has apologized: “Whether they are ‘fake news’ (false news), interference in elections or misuse of data from people by the developers, we have not taken sufficient account of our responsibilities, that was a mistake and I’m sorry. ”
Among the measures that Zuckerberg plans to correct its errors is to double the number of personnel dedicated to safety to reach 20,000 employees by the end of the year. As for the impact it may have on the profitability of his company, he has assured that “keeping people safe will always be more important than maximizing our benefits”.
In addition, as explained, will limit the information required to create a profile in their applications, which can not access these data if the user has not used in the last three months. In addition, audits will continue to be carried out if there is suspicion of abuse and, if this is the case, the application will be suspended. “We have put more than 200 on hold,” he assured.
Before his speech, the president of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, reminded him that in one year more than 400 Europeans are called to the polls to elect their representatives in the European Parliament and “we must guarantee that their data will not be used in a illegal to manipulate democracy. ”
Before the next electoral appointments of the year, Zuckerberg hopes to arm themselves enough to face possible coordinated actions of interference as happened in 2016. Then, “we were slow and did not identify the interference by Russia,” he acknowledged.
However, the founder of Facebook has ensured that thanks to collaboration with governments and other technology companies have achieved better results in the following elections, such as the French presidential elections.
In addition, as explained, another of the objectives is to continue developing the use of artificial intelligence, which, in the case of France, has allowed to detect and delete more than 30,000 false accounts, which are what spread the so-called fake news.