Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg addressed a congressional hearing on Tuesday in Washington D.C., saying that he wants to ensure full protection to the integrity of elections, especially knowing the importance of upcoming elections in countries like India, Hungary, and Brazil among others.
Talking at the joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees, the 33-year-old Facebook CEO addressed a firestorm over the alleged hijacking of data of millions of Facebook users by British firm Cambridge Analytica.
It may be remembered that UPA had undertaken the services of Cambridge Analytica to gear up their electoral confidence. However, it was later found out that the Britain-based company had the data of more than 5.62 lakh Indians compromised.
The hearing continued for more than five hours and comprised of 44 senators from the US. Zuckerberg was continuously drilled for the failure for Facebook to provide adequate data protection to the account holders as well as on Russian agents using the social media platform to influence the US elections. Zuckerberg had constantly apologized for these flaws that tainted Facebook in the recent past.
Certain senators did try their best to pin down the Facebook CEO, asking him questions such as one wondering if he feels Facebook enjoys monopoly in the social media market. To this, Zuckerberg’s answer was crisp and smart –
“It certainly doesn’t feel like that to me…The average American uses eight different apps to communicate with their friends and stay in touch with people. Ranging from texting apps to e-mail.
However, one thing is for sure that after this continuous drill, Facebook will definitely implement measures to not disrupt the elections in India. As a result of this, Congress – who had been resorting to Cambridge Analytica’s aid – will be in deep trouble. What do you think of this arrangement? Please let us know about your thoughts in the comments section below.
Source: News 18