Mark Zuckerberg apologises to U.S. Congress for massive leak of Facebook users’ data


Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg apologised to United States lawmakers on Tuesday for the leak of personal data on tens of millions of users as he faced a day of reckoning before a Congress mulling regulation of the global social media giant.

In his first-ever congressional appearance, the Facebook founder and chief executive sought to quell the storm over privacy and security lapses at the social network that have angered lawmakers and Facebook’s two billion users.

Swapping his customary tee-shirt for a business suit and tie, Mr. Zuckerberg faced tough questions over how a U.S.-British political research firm, Cambridge Analytica, plundered detailed personal data on 87 million users to be used in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Facebook also became the platform of choice for a stunning Russian campaign of online misinformation that U.S. intelligence says was designed to tilt the 2016 vote toward Donald Trump.


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