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Zuckerberg breaks silence, admits mistakes, and outlines next steps for Facebook


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has finally broken his silence on the Cambridge Analytica scandal. with a published Facebook post admitting that the social media giant has made some mistakes while also outlining how the company plans to fix things.

“We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you,” Zuckerberg wrote in his post. He called the situation a “breach in trust” between Facebook and its users, and added that since he started the social media platform, “at the end of the day, I’m responsible for what happens on our platform.”

The Facebook CEO went on to run through a rough timeline of the events, before outlining what Facebook will be doing to prevent this sort of thing from happening in the future. You can read the full post below.

In addition to the post, Zuckerberg was interviewed by CNN’s senior tech correspondent Laurie Segall on Wednesday. This marked a rare appearance for the Facebook founder, who has typically spoken through Facebook posts and event appearances than interviews with journalists. The full interview, in which Zuckerberg almost-but-not-quite admitted that government regulation might be a good idea, can be seen below.

In the five days that Zuckerberg held his silence over the situation, he was called by lawmakers in both the United States and the United Kingdom to testify about the events. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has also opened an investigation into the social media giant alongside other investigations from privacy agencies in the U.K., U.S., and E.U.

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Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Updated to include the CNN interview.

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