Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is taking full responsibility for his company’s missteps. In a Senate hearing yesterday, Zuckerberg addressed the misuse of user data that led to the spreading of phony news and propaganda during the 2016 presidential election.
Zuckerberg, wearing a suit instead of his signature hoodie, said it’s not enough to “just connect people.” He acknowledged that some bad actors have used Facebook’s tools improperly and said his company is working aggressively to prepare for November’s midterm elections.
The grill-session went on for hours as the embattled CEO was asked to clarify everything from ad targeting to “ownership” of user information on the Facebook platform. South Dakota Republican John Thune said the vast misuse of user data should be a “wakeup call” to the entire tech community.
In the hearing, Zuckerberg referred to Russia’s ongoing efforts to meddle in U.S. elections as an “arms race.” He also acknowledged that he should have taken warnings about misinformation and propaganda more seriously during 2016’s election.