Zuckerberg faces day of reckoning as Congress threatens Facebook with regulation

  • Senators express deep concern over mishandling of users’ data
  • CEO promises to conduct a ‘full investigation’ into every app that has access to users’ data
  • Facebook testimony – live blog

Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook chief executive, was being grilled by the US Senate on Tuesday in what is widely seen as a moment of reckoning for America’s tech industry.

Looking pale and tense, the 33-year-old billionaire, who has enjoyed a career of unalloyed success, sat humbled and silent as senator and senator expressed deep concerns about the company’s mishandling of users’ personal information.

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Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress over Facebook data scandal – live

Zuckerberg gives testimony to Senate committees in light of revelations that Cambridge Analytica used Facebook data to influence voters in US elections

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“Congress is theatre,” former Obama administration official Ari Ratner told my colleague Olivia Solon, for her preview of today’s hearing. “More than what they are going to want to learn [about the data lapses], they are going to want to inflict pain.”

The appetite for public humiliation is obviously there. Senator Chris Coons, a Democrat from Delaware and member of the judiciary committee, tweeted early Tuesday that he had discovered multiple fake Facebook accounts impersonating him.

On today of all days, I just found out that there are two fake Facebook accounts impersonating me, and guess what? Many of the ‘friends’ appear to be Russian accounts. @facebook and Mr. Zuckerberg-this is unacceptable pic.twitter.com/woMMdeEGv4

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Welcome to the Guardian’s live coverage of Mark Zuckerberg appearance before the US Congress. Today, Zuckerberg will answer questions from a joint hearing of the Senate judiciary and commerce, science and transportation committees. Tomorrow he will run the gauntlet again before the House committee on energy and commerce.

The hearing will be live-streamed here.

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How to watch Zuckerberg sweat before Congress, live

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook faces intense scrutiny from lawmakers both at home and abroad. This week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will answer federal lawmakers’ questions in the Senate and House. Here’s how you can watch Zuckerberg’s testimony live.

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How to see if Cambridge Analytica grabbed your Facebook data

Facebook is scrambling to save its reputation and win back the trust of users following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. As part of this, users will be able to personally check if their own data was used by the shady analytics firm. Here’s how you can see for yourself if your personal information was harvested.

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Facebook and Cambridge Analytica face class action lawsuit

Lawyers in UK and US claim four firms allegedly misused personal data of more than 71m people

British and US lawyers have launched a joint class action against Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and two other companies for allegedly misusing the personal data of more than 71 million people.

The lawsuit claims the firms obtained users’ private information from the social media network to develop “political propaganda campaigns” in the UK and the US.

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