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Zuckerberg testifies before Senate, takes responsibility for data misuse

Washington DC /The Chief Executive Officer of Facebook Tuesday testified before the United States Congress over a massive data misuse involving a political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica, in an unprecedented hearing during which he faced harsh interrogation from lawmakers of both US parties.

In his first public appearance before the US Congress, US senators demanded more details on how Facebook collects and uses the user data, as well as on the measures that the social media giant is taking to avoid similar incidents in which “fake news” was circulated on the social media site by foreigners.

Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged before a rare joint session of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees that “we (Facebook) didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility,” saying that it was “a big mistake” to have granted Cambridge Analytica access to a massive amount of personal data, which were improperly used to back the electoral campaign of the then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.

I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here,” he said.

“My top priority has always been our social mission of connecting people, building community and bringing the world closer together. Advertisers and developers will never take priority over that, as long as I am running Facebook,” added the Facebook founder.

However, Zuckerberg acknowledged that “it’s not enough to just build dots” between people, adding “we need to make sure that they’re used for good.”

“We face a number of important issues around privacy, safety and democracy. And you will rightfully have some hard questions for me to answer,” Zuckerberg said.

When asked by the senators about the possible interference of foreign agents in his company, Zuckerberg responded that avoiding such a situation is “one of my top priorities in 2018,” while adding that “one of my greatest regrets in running the company is that we were slow in identifying the Russian information operations in 2016,” referring to the suspected Russian interference in the US presidential elections.

Zuckerberg noted that his social media company identified “tens of thousands of fake accounts” during the presidential elections, and removed 470 of them after they were verified to have spread false information on Facebook.

On this matter, Zuckerberg assured that his company is working with the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller on issues related to the possible interference of Moscow in the 2016 US presidential election.

The Facebook founder also said that several members of his team have been interviewed as part of the probe into the Russian interference plot, but avoided giving details so as not to violate confidentiality.

“I actually am not aware of a subpoena. I believe that there may be, but I know we’re working with them,” Zuckerberg said, while clarifying that he has not been personally interviewed by Mueller’s office.

The Facebook CEO, who appeared on Tuesday in suit and tie in contrast to his regular casual attire, tried to calm the concerns of the US Congress and promised to make significant reforms in his company to reinforce its privacy policies and prevent foreign actors from manipulating the social media platform. (April 11, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)

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Question 1
En el texto se dice que…
A
Zuckerberg se responsabiliza de lo que sucedió en la red social Facebook.
B
Zuckerberg rechazó que se produjera una filtración masiva de datos.
C
Zuckerberg no se responsabiliza de una filtración masiva de datos.
Question 2
Según el texto…
A
no hay pruebas de que hubiera algún tipo de filtración de datos a otra empresa.
B
los datos de los usuarios de Facebook fueron filtrados a Cambridge Analytica.
C
los usuarios de Facebook pudieron filtrar los datos de la empresa Cambridge Analytica.
Question 3
Zuckerberg…
A
fue interrogado por varios jueces en un tribunal de justicia de EE.UU.
B
fue interrogado por los senadores demócratas y republicanos.
C
fue interrogado solo por los senadores del Partido Demócrata.
Question 4
En esa comparecencia se preguntó a Zuckerberg…
A
solo sobre cómo su empresa utiliza los datos de sus usuarios.
B
no sobre la privacidad de sus usuarios sino por la llamada ‘trama rusa’.
C
sobre cómo Facebook recoge y utiliza los datos de sus usuarios.
Question 5
Según el texto, Zuckerberg…
A
se pregunta por qué unos operadores rusos quisieron interferir en las elecciones estadounidenses.
B
niega que hubiera algún tipo de injerencia en las elecciones presidenciales de EE.UU.
C
lamenta que no se identificaran con rapidez a los operadores rusos que interfirieron en las elecciones.
Question 6
En la noticia se dice que Zuckerberg…
A
no dijo nada sobre si Facebook hará o no cambios para incrementar la seguridad y privacidad.
B
no cree que sea necesario realizar ningún cambio para evitar futuras filtraciones.
C
prometió a los senadores que hará cambios para que haya más privacidad en Facebook.
Question 7
En el vídeo se dice que…
A
esas filtraciones afectaron a unos 500 millones de usuarios de Facebook.
B
esas filtraciones afectaron a unos 50 millones de usuarios de Facebook.
C
esas filtraciones solo afectaron a unos pocos miles de usuarios de Facebook.
Question 8
Según el vídeo, Facebook…
A
permitirá a los desarrolladores de aplicaciones acceder libremente a los datos de los usuarios.
B
ampliará las restricciones a desarrolladores para evitar que haya otra filtración.
C
no hará nada de momento para garantizar la privacidad de sus usuarios.
Question 9
Según el vídeo, Facebook nunca tomó medidas para evitar filtraciones.
A
Falso.
B
Verdadero.
C
No se sabe.
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