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Zuckerberg apologizes as Facebook scandal grows

Thursday 22/March/2018 - 10:12 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Mohsin
The chairman of Facebook has vowed to take measures to protect the personal information of people who use the US social media giant، as it fights a growing scandal after the personal data of 50 million Facebook users was breached، according to Reuters.

"We have a responsibility to protect your data، and if we can't then we don't deserve to serve you،" Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday، in his first public comments on the harvesting of Facebook user data by a British firm linked to US President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign.

Zuckerberg announced new steps to curb the leakage of data to outside developers، while giving users more control over their information through a special application software.

"This was a major breach of trust and I'm really sorry that this happened،" Zuckerberg said in a televised interview with CNN. "Our responsibility now is to make sure this doesn't happen again."

Zuckerberg said he will testify before Congress if he is the person at Facebook best placed to answer their questions، and that he is not opposed to regulating internet titans such as the social media service.

The scandal erupted after the Observer newspaper reported that British data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica had created psychological profiles on 50 million Facebook users via a personality prediction app، created by a researcher named Aleksandr Kogan.

The app was downloaded by 270،000 people، but also gathered their friends' data without consent -- as was possible under Facebook's rules at the time.

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