Mark Zuckerberg Continues Global Apology Tour With Full Page Ads in Major Newspapers
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is officially on a global apology tour.
The billionaire entrepreneur has been making the rounds in the media world, discussing the company’s relationship with Cambridge Analytica, a controversial firm which harvested personal data from nearly 50 million Facebook profiles in an attempt to influence the 2016 presidential election. On Sunday, a full-page advertisement with a personal statement from Zuckerberg promising “to do better” was featured in newspapers around the world.
“You may have heard about a quiz app built by a university researcher that leaked Facebook data of millions of people in 2014,” said the ad. “This was a breach of trust, and I’m sorry we didn’t do more at the time. We’re now taking steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”
Zuckerberg’s apology was posted in print to the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, along with a number of UK publications.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 25, 2018
— Joe Lynam BBC (@BBC_Joe_Lynam) March 25, 2018
Unfortunately for Zuckerberg, saying sorry won’t seem to cut it for Congress. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce officially invited the CEO to testify on Facebook’s user data this week, writing in a letter, “As the Chief Executive Officer of Facebook and the employee who has been the leader of Facebook through all the key strategic decisions since its launch, you are the right person to testify before Congress about those decisions and the Facebook business model.”
The 33-year-old has said he’d be willing to speak with lawmakers, as long as “it’s the right thing to do.”
“What we try to do is send the person at Facebook who will have the most knowledge about what Congress is trying to learn,” he said in an interview with CNN this week. “If that’s me, then I am happy to go.”
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