Zuckerberg takes out full-page newspaper ads to pledge Facebook’s ‘responsibility’

Zuckerberg takes out full-page newspaper ads to pledge Facebook’s ‘responsibility’
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Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: Trump meets Twitter CEO after slamming company | Kushner calls Russia probes more 'harmful' than election interference | Dem wants FTC to hold Zuckerberg 'liable' for data missteps | Sri Lanka faces tough questions over social media ban Top Dem calls on FTC to hold Zuckerberg accountable in Facebook probe Facebook says it may have 'unintentionally uploaded' up to 1.5M users' email contacts MORE took out full-page ads on Sunday in newspapers in both the U.S. and the U.K. to reiterate his promise to “do better” following reports that a data firm harvested data from millions of Facebook users without their permission. 

“You may have heard about a quiz app built by a university researcher that leaked Facebook data of millions of people in 2014. This was a breach of trust, and I’m sorry we didn’t do more at the time,” Zuckerberg wrote. “We’re now taking steps to make sure this doesn’t happen again.” 

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“Thank you for believing in this community. I promise to do better for you,” the message concludes. 

The ad, which included the Facebook logo in the lower left corner of the page, ran in U.S. newspapers including The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, as well as British newspapers like The Sunday Times, the Mail on Sunday and the Sunday Telegraph.

Facebook has faced intense scrutiny since it revealed earlier this month that the British research firm Cambridge Analytica improperly took data from 50 million Facebook users without those users' consent.

Cambridge Analytica was later hired by the Trump campaign.

After a few days of public silence, Zuckerberg did a series of appearances and interviews last week. He said the company made mistakes, and added that he’s open to having his company be regulated.

He still faces pressure from federal lawmakers who are calling on Zuckerberg to testify before Congress. The Facebook executive has said he'd be open to doing so, but added that he doesn't believe he's always the best company representative to speak on a given issue.