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His apologies precede two days of congressional hearings this week, where Zuckerberg will be asked how 87 million Facebook users' data was improperly shared with a political consultancy, Cambridge Analytica.

The prepared remarks do not reveal new information about how data was shared or what Facebook will do.

Facebook's press page was once filled with announcements about new features to order food and connect to friends in virtual reality. He will be testifying before Congress Tuesday.

Zuckerberg will testify before a joint session of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees Tuesday, and then on Wednesday, he'll appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he is expected to face similar questions.

Zuckerberg faced growing calls to appear before the US government in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal, in which the personal information of an estimated 87 million users was allegedly exploited for targeted political profiling by a UK-based company claiming to have the power to influence elections.

After its worst privacy crisis in history - allegations that this Trump-affiliated data mining firm may have used ill-gotten user data to try to influence elections - Facebook is in full damage-control mode.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg expressed contrition for allowing third-party apps to grab the data of its users without their permission and for being "too slow to spot and respond to Russian interference" during the United States election, according to his prepared remarks published by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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Mr. Zuckerberg acknowledges he was slow to spot Russian "bots" using Facebook to meddle in the 2016 US vote.

According to the BBC, "Cambridge University denied working with Cambridge Analytica or its parent company SCL and said it had never provided any data, algorithms or expertise".

Last week, Facebook backed proposed legislation known as the "Honest Ads Act", which would require social network sites to disclose the identities of political ad campaign buyers, as well as implement a verification process for people purchasing so-called "issue" ads, which could exploit divisive subjects such as gun laws or racism. "And really, you know, what you're seeing is Facebook sending out the message incrementally that, hey, we know that our borders were porous, but we're building a wall". Are there more firms like Cambridge Analytica?

With almost 60,000 South African Facebook users potentially having fallen victim to a data security breach, concerns have again been raised about just how safe our personal information is online. Cambridge Analytica is one example of how a malicious actor used Facebook's third-party data consent to sweep up tens of millions of records, but experts agree that it's not going to be the only case that comes to light.

"I don't want anyone to use our tools to undermine democracy", Zuckerberg wrote in his testimony. "That raises the question of whether this was a breach of user-trust", the report added.

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg placed the blame for privacy and security lapses at the world's largest social network squarely on himself as he girded for appearances this week on Capitol Hill before angry lawmakers.

"And when we address these challenges, I know well look back and view helping people connect and giving more people a voice as a positive force in the world", Zuckerberg said. Facebook said it was still auditing CubeYou, which is based in Redwood City, Calif., but believed it could suspend as many as 50 apps from the company.

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