Dem rep lists Zuckerberg's apologies for Facebook mistakes

A Democratic lawmaker began her questions for Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergAction against Russian meddling cannot threaten our civil liberties Hillicon Valley: Fallout from bombshell DOJ report on Clinton probe | AT&T win could see new wave of mergers | World Cup cyber warning | Facebook comms chief stepping down Facebook's public policy, comms chief to step down MORE on Wednesday by listing his history of apologizing for problems at the social media giant.

“You have a long history of growth and success, but you also have a long list of apologies,” Rep. Jan SchakowskyJanice (Jan) Danoff SchakowskyStudents press Congress for action on guns Overnight Finance: Mulvaney remark on lobbyists stuns Washington | Macron takes swipe at Trump tariffs | Conservatives eye tax cut on capital gains | Gillibrand unveils post office banking bill | GOP chairman pushes banks on gun policies Overnight Tech: Highlights from Zuckerberg's second day of testimony | Trump signs anti-sex trafficking bill | Cambridge Analytica interim CEO steps down | IBM stops advertising on Laura Ingraham's show MORE (D-Ill.) told Zuckerberg during a House hearing on Facebook’s transparency and data collection.

“In 2003, it started at Harvard. ‘I apologize for any harm done as a result of my neglect,’” she read. 

Schakowsky then listed off five other apologies Zuckerberg made over the course of a decade, including:

2006: “We really messed this one up.”

2007: “We simply did a bad job. I apologize for it.”

2010: “Sometimes we move too fast.”

2011: “I’m the first to admit we’ve made a bunch of mistakes.”

2017: “I ask for forgiveness. I will work to do better.”

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Zuckerberg's latest apology, she pointed out, relates to Russia's exploitation of the social media platform during the 2016 presidential race, as well as the data leaks of millions of Facebook users' information that were then improperly used by third-party organizations. 

Zuckerberg, who was grilled by senators the day before, has apologized for the data leaks and pledged to do better going forward. 

“This is proof to me that self-regulation simply does not work,” Schakowsky concluded before jumping into her questioning.

While testifying on the Hill, Zuckerberg has repeatedly mentioned how he started Facebook in his dorm room at Harvard University, suggesting the platform has emerged as a more powerful one than he had imagined when it first began.