Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress on Wednesday and his full seven page statement is available to read here.
The statement highlights what it deems are positive outcomes delivered through the platform; it refers specifically to political movements and fundraising efforts, and characterizes Facebook as a tool to help small businesses “grow and create jobs”.
As per Zuckerberg’s whirlwind media tour two weeks ago, the statement also takes responsibility for Facebook’s failings. “But it’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent…tools from being used for harm as well. That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy”.
Later in the statement, Zuckerberg also states “It will take some time to work through all of the changes we need to make, but I’m committed to getting it right”.
He then goes on to refer to changes the Silicon Valley based social network has instituted to combat alleged “Russian interference” and handle the fallout from the exchange of data between Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.
The statement also reiterates many of the changes Facebook has announced over the last few weeks, including its decision to disable a feature which allows users to search for other users by phone number, placing restrictions on APIs for its groups, pages and events and removing developer access to the personal data of users who haven’t logged into their apps for three months.
It also reiterates Facebook’s decision to show users a list of the apps they’ve used, as well as how to revoke permissions, at the top of their news feeds.
Tomorrow’s hearing is a joint hearing between the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committee and the Justice committee. It will be broadcast live on the Justice committee’s website and starts at 2.15 p.m. ET.