I'm sure you know that Facebook has been under serious fire lately and rightfully so. The social media giant has had some major slip-ups that are causing serious privacy concerns.
The firestorm began a few weeks ago when the Cambridge Analytica fiasco was made public. Cambridge Analytica reportedly took advantage of Facebook users' personal data to influence U.S. political campaigns.
Facebook bigwigs have been doing damage control ever since. Now, CEO Mark Zuckerberg is having to face the music in front of Congress. And he's saying, "It was my mistake and I am sorry."
How many times can Zuckerberg say "I'm sorry?"
Wired Magazine has an excellent article about how Mark Zuckerberg has been singing the same sorry song for the last 14 years.
He's sorry. He makes mistakes. He wants to learn from his mistakes. He's messed up.
“This was a big mistake on our part, and I'm sorry for it,” he wrote on Facebook’s blog. "We really messed this one up," he said. "We did a bad job of explaining what the new features were and an even worse job of giving you control of them."
What year do you think that's from? 2018? Come on, think again.
That quote above was from 2006 when there were literally no privacy controls at all at the site.
How could Zuckerberg possibly spin his sorry song now?
In the wake of all the problems happening over at Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify this week before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. How could he possibly spin all of these issues and try and make the company look better?
Well, we now have an idea as to how. Zuckerberg has submitted written testimony prior to his congressional appearance and it apologies for the company's mistakes. We have a link to it at the very end of this post.
Of course, before he gets to the apology, Zuckerberg touts the successes of Facebook as well as philanthropic campaigns that it's assisted in. He mentions the #metoo movement and how people raised over $20 million for Hurricane Harvey relief. Then, he finally admits that Facebook didn't do enough to prevent its site from being used for harm.
Zuckerberg said, "It's clear now that we didn't do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as well. That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy. We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake, and I'm sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I'm responsible for what happens here."
An apology is a nice start, but those are just words. The company now needs to take serious action into preventing any of this type of nonsense in the future.
Zuckerberg addresses some changes that are to come and said he's committed to getting it right. This includes the way people's information is protected and safeguarding elections around the world.
How could anyone believe anything this man says?
These actions might not be enough for you to trust the social media giant and I don't blame you. This is such a huge deal that tons of people have decided to quit using the site altogether. There's been a #deletefacebook campaign sweeping the nation lately from all the negative issues going on.
Now, Facebook's privacy scandal affects you like you never imagined possible
Hearing about these privacy issues is scary enough. Wait until you find out exactly how they affect you personally!
Facebook's scandal gets worse as more details emerge about how they tracked you like you never knew before. In Kim Komando's podcast, she speaks to some of the leading technology and data breach attorneys, John Yanchunis and Steven Teppler, about what's in store for Facebook and also what we can do to protect ourselves in this age of dwindling privacy.
It's become clear that your information is the currency of the 21st century. Have we lost trust in Facebook?
Click the Play button and listen now. You'll be glad that you did!
That's just one of the great topics from the Komando On Demand Podcast, but Kim shares a new podcast each week on her site and on iTunes and Google Play.
You can read Zuckerberg's full testimony below
This is important. Your family and friends on Facebook need to see this information too. We have done the research and posted Mark Zuckerberg's entire written statement to Congress.
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