Mumbai: Mark Zuckerberg, the co-pioneer and the face of giant social networking site, Facebook, has spoken to media on a conference call on Wednesday, reported Source. In the conference call, Mark Zuckerberg admitted that there were lapses in handling uders’ private data. Zuckerberg, however, urged people to give him “another chance” as he still considers himself as the “best person” to handle the firm. “Give me another chance. This is a huge mistake. It’s my mistake,” said the co-founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. He continued, “Yes. People make mistakes and learn along the way. I’m the first to admit we didn’t take a broad enough view of what our responsibilities are..what people should hold us accountable for is learning from the mistakes,”
Facebook was recently in news for mishandling users data and was alleged for sharing users’ private data with a London based political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. The users’ data was allegedly used to help political parties in managing electoral behaviour in the country. Users as high as 87 million fell prey to this scandal and US Congress strongly admonished Facebook and asked for an answer. Zuckerberg has to testify before a congressional committee next week on the data breach scandal allegedly involving Facebook.
When asked by the reporters during the conference call on if the board has asked him to step down, he said, “Not that I am aware of..nobody has been fired because of this scandal,” Zuckerberg also confirmed to the reporters that the CA scandal has not caused much of the dent to the company, however, people will still feel that it was a “massive breach of trust”. He assured that he and his company is taking every necessary step to prevent such “breach of trust” from occurring again. He emphasized that the impact of the CA scandal has left a scars which will take years to be vanished completely.
As far as India is concerned, the union IT minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, has warned Facebook for any unauthorized use/share of Indian users’ data with any Cambridge Analytica like companies. The Indian government has given a deadline of April 7 to Facebook seeking a detailed report on it’s involvement in the data breach allegations, based on the media reports. In a recent interactive event Bengaluru IT Global Hub Road Ahead organized by BJP, Prasad said, “The Narendra Modi government is very clear. Any unauthorized use of data without the consent of the owner for abuse and collateral purposes or influencing the elections will not be tolerated. We are very clear about it,”