Facebook not done enough to prevent misuse: Zuckerberg

Pauline Gross
May 25, 2018

A look at the lawsuit filed against Facebook CEO and Founder Mark Zuckerberg and why he's being accused of weaponizing data.

During his evening discussion with Publicis Groupe's Maurice Lévy at VivaTech today, Zuckerberg admitted once again that Facebook did not take a broad enough view on mitigating misdeeds across his platform. "That is a big thing for us".

Cambridge Analytica used the data of millions of Facebook users to target ads during political campaigns, including the US presidential vote.

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Mr Zuckerberg told European politicians it had "become clear over the last couple of years that we haven't done enough to prevent the tools we've built from being used for harm as well". "Ad ranking may be less useful".

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Asked about some of his goals for the future, Zuckerberg said that he wants to spend time focusing on governance of the two billion people in the Facebook community.

"Facebook's claims in court that it is an editor for first amendment purposes and thus free to censor and alter the content available on its site is in tension with their, especially recent, claims before the public and US Congress to be neutral platforms", said Heather Whitney, a legal scholar who has written about social media for Columbia University's Knight First Amendment Institute. It also pointed out that in the data breach, the information on USA users and not European Union users was sold.

"Of course, we will also cover the recent issues that Facebook faced, without focusing exclusively on this as it's been covered quite extensively by the media".

Zuckerberg's appearance at this technology festival certainly resembled a support rally with attendees giving him a round of applause and standing up on chairs to better take photos of the often-embattled executive.

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