FB committed to ensuring integrity of elections, says Zuckerberg

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Apr 2018 09:26:50



FACEBOOK is committed to ensure integrity of key elections across the world, including in India, its founder Mark Zuckerberg said as he testified before the US Congress over the massive Cambridge Analytica scandal that has shaken the social media giant.

Zuckerberg’s testimony came after it was revealed in March that British firm Cambridge Analytica tied to US President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign improperly collected profile data of up to 87 million Facebook users.

The scandal shook confidence in Facebook, leading some people to go as far as abandoning the social media site altogether -a revolt called the hashtag #DeleteFacebook.
Zuckerberg, who is also the CEO of Facebook, said data privacy and foreign interference in elections were topics that they have discussed at the Facebook board meeting.
“These are some of the biggest issues that the company has faced, and we feel a huge responsibility to get these right,” Zuckerberg told lawmakers during the Congressional hearing, adding that “this is one of my top priorities in 2018”.

He said Facebook was taking steps to ensure integrity of elections in countries like the United States, India, Brazil, and Pakistan.

“2018 is an incredibly important year for elections. Not just in the US mid-terms, but, around the world, there are important elections -- in India, Brazil, Mexico, Pakistan and Hungary -- and we want to make sure we do everything we can to protect the integrity of these elections,” he said.