After privately assuring to the senators that their company will do better, Mark Zuckerberg the boss of Facebook, begins the two days of hearings in the US Congress, the hearings will be very public, and possibly a turning point for the huge social network creator.
Zuckerberg held closed-door meetings with senators on Monday, anticipating the public offer of apologies to Congress after the escandal of Cambridge Analytica, a data collection firm linked to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Cambridge Analytica collected personal information from 87 million people to try to affect the elections.
Mark Zuckerberg has already offered several apologies to users and the general public, but this is the first time he has appeared in the US Congress. Zuckerberg will testify in the next few hours to the Senate Energy and Commerce Commissions and to a committee of the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
In the hearings, he will try not only to recover the public’s confidence in his company but also to avoid the federal regulations suggested by some legislators. In written statements released Monday by the commission of Energy and Commerce of the chamber, which is expected to read on Wednesday. Zuckerberg apologizes for the false news, the racist speech, the lack of privacy and the Russian interference in the 2016 elections through social networks.
“We did not have a sufficiently broad view of our responsibility and that was a big mistake,” The mistake was mine and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I direct it and I am responsible for what happens here ” Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement.