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Mark Zuckerberg apologises, says Facebook did not do enough to prevent misuse

We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake, the Facebook Inc chief executive says.

tech Updated: Apr 10, 2018 15:39 IST
Reuters
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File photo of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. (Reuters photo)

Facebook Inc chief executive Mark Zuckerberg told Congress in written testimony released on Monday that the social media network did not do enough to prevent misuse and apologised.

“It’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm,” he said in written testimony released by the US House Energy and Commerce Committee.

“We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake,” his testimony continued. “It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here.”

He also said Facebook’s major investments in security “will significantly impact our profitability going forward.” Zuckerberg is meeting with US lawmakers Monday ahead of two days of congressional testimony starting on Tuesday.

Facebook shares were up 1.7% in midday trading.

First Published: Apr 09, 2018 22:43 IST