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Mr. Zuckerberg goes to Washington Facebook chief's first day of testimony on Capitol Hill

Mr. Zuckerberg goes to Washington Facebook chief's first day of testimony on Capitol Hill

"We believe that we're going to be investigating many apps - tens of thousands of apps", Zuckerberg said without citing specific examples.

On the heels of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which compromised the personal data of almost 90 million Facebook users, Zuckerberg attempted to make Facebook's case for how the social media giant will address the security concern moving forward.

Senator Charles Grassley, chair of one of the committees holding the hearing, said the scandal involving the British firm Cambridge Analytica "was clearly a breach of consumer trust and a likely improper transfer of data". Gary Peters of MI asked Zuckerberg, "Yes or no, does Facebook use audio obtained from mobile devices to enrich personal information about users?"

The senators focused on Facebook's basic functions, such as privacy settings, while also asking Zuckerberg about so-called fake news on the social media platform.

The 33-year-old Zuckerberg appeared nervous but contrite as he took the stand before a rare joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees, which together comprise almost half of the members of the Senate on whole.

Speaking on the threat to the system, Zuckerberg said that there are people in Russian Federation whose job is to try to exploit Facebook systems and other internet systems as well.

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But he acknowledged that "it's clear now that we didn't do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as well".

The Senate hearing, ahead of another appearance in the House on Wednesday, featured several tense and some friendly exchanges on Facebook's security, hate speech and other topics.

Some senators of a certain age utilised posters to illustrate their questions, such as Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, who has served in the Senate since 1975.

When Sen. Roger Wicker, a Mississippi Republican, asked Zuckerberg if he could confirm reports that Facebook recorded its users' internet browsing history even after they logged out of the site, Zuckerberg waffled, telling Wicker that he needed to check with his team before giving a definitive answer but noting that he knows "that people use cookies on the internet and you can probably correlate activity between sessions".

Zuckerberg paused for a full eight seconds, chuckled, grimaced and ultimately demurred.

Again, a similar unwillingness to answer.

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"I think it is a fair concern for people to wonder about".

"Part of the challenge with regulation, in general, is that when you add more rules that companies need to follow, that's something that a larger company like ours has the resources to do", he said.

Photographers pushed towards the witness table to get a photo of Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg before he began testimony at the US Congress on Tuesday.

"Our work with the special counsel is confidential". Kennedy said he didn't feel like Zuckerberg was "connecting" with the senators, and then got blunt.

"I believe there may be (a subpoena), but I know we're working with them", he said.

"Based on our available records, neither you nor your friends logged into 'This is Your Digital Life.' As a result, it doesn't appear your Facebook information was shared with Cambridge Analytica by 'This Is Your Digital Life'".

During almost five hours of questioning by 44 United States senators, Zuckerberg repeated apologies he previously made for a range of problems that have beset Facebook, from a lack of data protection to Russian agents using Facebook to influence USA elections.

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