Now, Zuckerberg apologizes to UK lawmakers over data breach

WION Web Team
Brussels, BelgiumUpdated: May 22, 2018, 11:05 PM IST
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Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium Photograph:(Reuters)

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The Facebook data breach had hit 2.7 million EU citizens.

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg appeared in front of UK lawmakers in European Parliament to address data breach by Cambridge Analytica today.

While conceding that the social network hadn't done enough to stop data privacy, Zuckerberg said he was "sorry" for mistakes made by Facebook for use of personal data.

In his opening remarks, Zuckerberg said it had "become clear over the last couple of years that we haven't done enough to prevent the tools we've built from being used for harm as well."

"Whether it's fake news, foreign interference in elections or developers misusing people’s information, we didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibilities. That was a mistake, and I’m sorry."

The Facebook data breach had hit 2.7 million European Union(EU) citizens.

"We are using new technology to prevent fake news," Zukerberg told UK lawmakers, adding,"keeping people safe is our priority."

Zuckerberg had appeared before the US Senate Intelligence Committee on data breach last month.

Zuckerberg told the lawmakers that Apps that measure data will be banned.

"We are working with governments to prevent poll meddling," he said. "I believe deeply in what we're doing. And when we address these challenges, I know we'll look back and view helping people connect and giving more people a voice as a positive force here in Europe and around the world," he added.

The EU has put new rules on data protection in place under which companies will be subjected to fines of up to 4 per cent of global turnover for breaching them.

Zuckerberg will go on to meet French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday.