After 14 years and facing several controversies and scandals, Zuckerberg says, He’s still the best to run Facebook. Wanna know why? Let us tell you. While on a rare call with the journalists on Wednesday, Hannah Kuchler (Financial Times Reporter) asked the 33-year-old billionaire, Zuckerberg,”Has the board discussed if you should step down from chairman?” A man who once gave out business cards that said,”I’m CEO, Bitch.” – Zuckerberg replied in a quite cocky tone.
Actually, this is happening because of the Cambridge Analytica Scam which is a Trump-linked firm. After the Cambridge Analytica obtained around 87 million user’s data without their direct consent from Facebook in US, it raised so many questions to Facebook. Around 50 million user’s data were affected, but later Facebook itself revealed that around 87 million user’s data were affected by the scam.
Zuckerberg admitted that previous openness to developers was a mistake and he wants a chance to fix the mistake, and his team has made big changes in the Facebook to restrict developer’s access to data and they are trying their best to prevent any other scam like Cambridge Analytica. Reports also says that Facebook also has been working aggressively to curb fake news and prevent foreign interference in elections.
Mobile Apps and Websites such as Tinder also started facing some login issues after the Facebook made changes and restrictions in giving developers access to user’s data.
On being asked, who should oversee the efforts, Zuckerberg’s answer was himself. Because, according to Zuckerberg, building Facebook is hard, and nobody is perfect. When NBC News reporter, Alyssa Newcomb questioned Zuckerberg, “Do you think you’re the best person to run Facebook?” He answered:
“When you’re building something like Facebook that is unprecedented in the world, you’re going to mess up. I don’t think anyone is going to be perfect. I think life is about learning from mistakes and what you need to do to move forward. The reality of a lot of this when you’re building something like Facebook that’s unprecedented you’re going to mess something up. People should hold us accountable for learning from our mistakes.”
Indeed, Zuckerberg is not perfect. On the 2016 presidential, when he was asked about the effect of fake news of election shortly after the results were in, he said it was a “crazy idea” to think that Facebook had affected the outcome. On Wednesday, a BBC reporter asked Zuckerberg if he was taking this problem seriously enough. The CEO confessed his previous statement as being a huge mistake. – Report says.
“I made a mistake by dismissing fake news as crazy,” Zuckerberg said. “What I think is clear is it was too flippant, and I should have never referred to it as crazy.” – Zuckerberg said.
After the Cambridge Analytica Scandal, Zuckerberg is more focused on user’s privacy. Even he personally uses the two-factor authorization to prevent his password from being publicly available information. He’s also in charge of making sure Facebook doesn’t nefariously socially engineer your mind to think a certain way and not allow bad actors access to your information without your consent. Overall, Zuckerberg wants Facebook to do more to be better. – Reports says.
“We didn’t do enough, didn’t focus enough on preventing abuse…that goes for fake news, foreign interference in election, hate speech, in addition to developers and data privacy. We didn’t take a broad enough view and that was a huge mistake,” – Zuckerberg said.
He also said,”It’s not enough to just connect people. You have to make sure those connections are positive and bringing people together.”
As soon as people got to know about The Cambridge Analytica scandal, they started a #DeleteFacebook movemet. Zuckerberg also addressed it on the Wednesday’s call and said he could not share an exact number of accounts that were deleted, but described the movement as important.
“Look, it’s not good. It still speaks to people feeling like this was a massive breach of trust,” he said.
As Zuckerberg said, nobody is perfect. That means it’s users also. He tried twice in the call to make the case that it wasn’t just a Facebook problem but rather it includes a lack of understanding by users. He said, the information user choose to share inform Facebook’s system and that of other apps. – Reports.
“I think we need to do a better job of explaining the principles that the service offers. Most of the content that people knows about you is because you chose to share on your profile,” Zuckerberg said. “We’re never going to sell your information.”
This is also confirmed that Zuckerberg has agreed to personally testify to Congress on April 11. While he has been asked by several Congressional committees, he only promised he would appear in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. This will be Zuckerberg’s first-ever testimony to Congress, and for that reason alone, the event is a big deal. But it remains to be seen if Facebook will be faced with any regulations. That isn’t the case in Europe, where Facebook and other tech platforms are having to build new data protection tools to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Reports.
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