Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will appear before Congress today for his first round of interviews regarding the data-privacy scandal between his website and Cambridge Analytica. Today’s hearing will begin at 2:15 p.m. EST.
Zuckerberg will begin his testimony with the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees, where he will face question about how Cambridge Analytica illegally obtained Facebook data from 87 million users during the 2016 election. The data firm was working with the Trump campaign at the time, which not only allowed Russian operatives to spread disinformation throughout the internet, but it also led to a series of privacy abuses on Facebook.
On Monday, Zuckerberg met with lawmakers and previewed his opening remarks before Congress. Zuckerberg took responsibility over the Cambridge Analytica scandal in his statement, and he apologized for not having Facebook do more to protect user data privacy.
“We have a responsibility to make sure what happened with… Cambridge Analytica doesn’t happen again,” Zuckerberg said.
It is likely that Zuckerberg will use his time to go into detail about the new policies Facebook will enact to protect the privacy of their users. The main proposal Zuckerberg announced was that advertisers and public figures who run large Facebook pages will need to be verified if they want to run political content.
Watch above, via PBS.
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