Schakowsky questions Zuckerberg’s apology


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U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) speaks to a crowd at an Evanston event. Schakowsky heard testimony from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Wednesday at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing.

Catherine Henderson, Assistant City Editor

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about his “long list of apologies” at a Wednesday House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing.

Zuckerberg appeared before Congress for the second day in a row, testifying about Facebook’s role in a data breach involving Cambridge Analytica — a UK-based firm that collected private data of up to 87 million Facebook users. Zuckerberg repeatedly apologized to the House, saying that Facebook had made a “big mistake” by not understanding its responsibility.

Schakowsky said this was not the first time Zuckerberg admitted mistakes. She cited six other times he apologized, including after the 2016 presidential election regarding the allegations of Russian meddling using social media platforms like Facebook.

“You have a long history of growth and success, but you also have a long list of apologies,” Schakowsky said. “This is proof to me that self-regulation simply doesn’t work.”

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