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Get the popcorn: Zuckerberg gets grilled in front of Senators

Originally aired: Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress about the Cambridge Analytica scandal and for allowing third-party apps to scrape data from its users, according to his opening statement published by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He went on to also apologize for the Russian interference during the 2016 U.S. election. They admitted that most Facebook's users' info was scraped by third parties. How did we get here? "We've seen some scraping," CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on a call with reporters. "I would assume if you had that setting turned on that someone at some point has access to your public information in some way," he said. Here's what their press release says: "Until today, people could enter another person's phone number or email address into Facebook search to help find them. This has been especially useful for finding your friends in languages which take more effort to type out a full name, or where many people have the same name. In Bangladesh, for example, this feature makes up 7% of all searches. However, malicious actors have also abused these features to scrape public profile information by submitting phone numbers or email addresses they already have through search and account recovery. Given the scale and sophistication of the activity we've seen, we believe most people on Facebook could have had their public profile scraped in this way. So we have now disabled this feature. We're also making changes to account recovery to reduce the risk of scraping as well." Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Tuesday that only 87 million people's personal information was harvested by the tech company. 87 million is much more than the 50 million that was originally reported. That private information was shared to a political firm, Cambridge Analytica, that was connected to then-candidate Donald Trump. Facebook will tell users if their personal information was used on April 9. Have you ever posted a video on Facebook only to delete it aft