Zuckerberg Pledges To Protect Data, Address Election Interference

March 22, 2018 - 7:54 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he's sorry that a political firm got access to data from 50-million users without their knowledge.

As for Russian hackers, Zuckerberg told CNN, they haven't given up messing with our elections.

"I'm sure someone's trying, right and I'm sure there's V2, version two of whatever the Russian effort was in 2016. I'm sure they're working on that and there are going to be some new tactics that we need to make sure that we observe and get in front of," he said.

Zuckerberg was speaking for the first time since the Cambridge Analytical scandal broke. He promised to take steps to protect data and fix the breach of trust between the social network and its users.

The controversy wiped away nearly $50-billion from Facebook's stock price earlier this week. Facebook is also now facing lawsuits from investors, plus a #DeleteFacebook movement.

Germany's justice minister says she is calling in Facebook's European leadership to explain the scandal.

Katarina Barley said Thursday she has invited Facebook officials to a meeting at her ministry next week, though the exact date has yet to be determined.

Barley, who is also responsible for consumer protection, says she wants "comprehensive information'' from Facebook, including on ``whether German user accounts are affected, and what Facebook plans to do to prevent a repeat of such cases.''

Barley said that European data law is already "significantly more user-friendly'' than that in the U.S. but Europe should continue to work on its rules.

Britain's culture secretary says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's promises to change the social media giant in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica privacy debacle don't go far enough.

Culture Secretary Matt Hancock said Thursday that Parliament and society should set the rules as to what the appropriate for privacy and innovation -- not any one company.

Hancock says "that's the approach that we are taking. The big tech companies need to abide by the law and we are strengthening the law.''