Facebook's crises might destroy Mark Zuckerberg's legacy

Facebook won't pay compensation for Cambridge Analytica case

Facebook won't pay compensation for Cambridge Analytica case

The European Parliament distributed on Thursday what it called a first set of written replies from Facebook to oral questions put by lawmakers to CEO Mark Zuckerberg at a meeting in Brussels on Tuesday.

Cambridge Analytica used the data of millions of Facebook users to personalise adverts during political campaigns, including the USA presidential vote. "Starting this week, we're asking everyone on Facebook to review important information about privacy and how to control their experience", Erin Egan, Chief Privacy Officer at Facebook, wrote.

Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg answers questions about the improper use of millions of users' data by a political consultancy, at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, in this still image taken from Reuters TV May 22, 2018. In terms of data use, in terms of ranking feed, he said, "people want us to use data to make services better". "That was a mistake and I am sorry for it", Zuckerberg said in his opening remarks.

"The evidence uncovered by plaintiff demonstrates that the Cambridge Analytica scandal was not the result of mere negligence on Facebook's part but was rather the direct effect of the malicious and fraudulent scheme Zuckerberg designed in 2012 to cover up his failure to anticipate the world's transition to smartphones", legal documents said.

Most MEPs, however, left the assembly frustrated by Zuckerberg's lack of answers.

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Speaking at the VivaTech trade fair in Paris a day before new European data protection rules come into force Zuckerberg said Europe's history had made its citizens particularly wary when it comes to data collection.

One of those who was not satisfied was MEP Nigel Farage, who had asked if Facebook was a "genuinely neutral political platform". "On average we're down about 25% over the course of this year".

Facebook rejected all claims and said it has no basis.

But it's fundamental that people will have the decision to make, he believes.

Damian Collins, chair of the British Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee hit out against Zuckerberg after the Brussels grilling this week.

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