Cambridge Analytica denies using data of Indians

Cambridge Analytica denies using data of Indians

Zuckerberg is one of the up to 87 million Facebook users whose data was leaked to Cambridge Analytica for use in swaying voter sentiment during the us presidential election, the tech executive revealed Wednesday during his second day of congressional testimony. He started his testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about an hour ago, and this hearing is supposed to last most of the day.

"But it's clear now that we didn't do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as well", Zuckerberg said. Zuckerberg said, "I'm not familiar with that".

But the Facebook chief didn't budge, stating that it's a "complex issue that deserves more than a one-word answer".

"There will always be a version of Facebook that is free", Zuckerberg told the hearing. And the tech illiteracy of numerous senators hampered the efficacy of much of the questioning, with Zuckerberg at times having to explain basic features of the social network.

Facebook said it learned of Cambridge Analytica's violation in 2015, and was told by the firm that the data was deleted.

Already, lawmakers there have said the Facebook leader must provide greater clarity as to exactly how Cambridge Analytica obtained data on 87 million users in the first place.

Facing his second day of questioning from members of Congress on Wednesday, Zuckerberg was answering a question from Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Democrat from California.

The data was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica by an academic who gathered data on users and their friends through a questionnaire app on Facebook. He also said at least one Facebook employee had been interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller's office as part of its investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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"The only way we're going to close this trust gap is through legislation that creates and empowers a sufficiently resourced expert oversight agency, with rulemaking authority to protect the digital privacy and ensure that companies protect our users' data".

Zuckerberg repeated an apology offered in the previous hearing that Facebook made a "big mistake" by not taking "a broad enough view" of its responsibility.

CA has been accused of mining personal information of millions of Facebook users illegitimately to help political campaigns and influence polls in several countries.

Zuckerberg later said such regulation is inevitable.

"We'll also update our data policy to better spell out what data we collect and how we use it".

The tech mogul's own personal data was stolen during the incident, he said on Wednesday.

Back in the United Kingdom, the secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport Matt Hancock today met with senior Facebook executives to discuss "data issues".