Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying before Congress on the data misuse scandal involving Cambridge Analytica. It was revealed not too long ago that the personal information of more than 87 million Facebook users was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica and that the firm used that data for engineering political campaigns in the future. Facebook has apologized for the data misuse scandal and has promised to do more which is a statement that Zuckerberg has echoed in his testimony so far. He also revealed that his own data was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.
In his testimony before Congress, Zuckerberg revealed that he was among the 87 million Facebook users who had their data improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica. It was a stark admission given that of all the people, you would expect the guy who co-founded Facebook and runs it to this day to be capable of preventing data on Facebook to be completely protected from parties that want to exploit it.
Zuckerberg has repeatedly defended Facebook’s privacy practices, mentioning that users have control over their data and are always given the choice to decide what to share with the people in their network.
However, when asked if his own data was improperly shared in this data misuse scandal, Zuckerberg said “Yes,” but didn’t go into any more details about precisely what was shared with Cambridge Analytica.