Will Do Our Best To Maintain Integrity Of Elections In India, Says Zuckerberg During US Testimony

| April 11 , 2018 , 08:05 IST

During a joint hearing of the US Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees on Tuesday over the data leaks from Facebook to Cambridge Analytica which allegedly influenced the US 2016 Presidential election, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took personal responsibility for the leaks.

Amidst reports of the British political firm Cambridge Anaytica being employed by Indian political parties as well, Zuckerberg affirmed to the US lawmakers that they will do their best to maintain the integrity of upcoming elections in India.

"We assure we will do our best to maintain the integrity of upcoming elections in India," said Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in his first formal congressional appearance in front of US lawmakers.

"After the 2016 election (US elections), our top priority was protecting the integrity of other elections around the world," he said.

"We didn't do enough to keep fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech away. We didn’t take a broad 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," Zuckerberg said.

"We are getting to the bottom of what Cambridge Analytica did and telling everyone affected. We now know that they improperly accessed some information of millions of users by buying it from an app developer, information like names, profile picture and pages they follow," he said.

"Data privacy and foreign interference in elections are the biggest issues the company has faced and we feel huge responsibility to get these right," the Facebook CEO said.

"We have the responsibility to not just build tools, but make sure the tools are used for good," Zuckerberg said.

The Facebook CEO also added that no one from the app review team of Facebook has been fired due to the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

The Cambridge Analytica data leak from Facebook is estimated at having affected 87 million users, including 5.6 lakh Indians.