Zuckerberg apologizes to Congress over spread of 'fake news,' hate speech

Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergConservatives face a tough fight as Big Tech's censorship expands Actually, consumers love Big Tech, even if they say they don't Top Instagram communications staffer leaves for Michelle Obama's staff MORE on Tuesday kicked off his inaugural appearance before lawmakers on Capitol Hill by apologizing for his company’s recent missteps.

“It’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm," Zuckerberg said at a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees.


"That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy. We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake,” he continued.

“It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here."

Zuckerberg spent the rest of his opening remarks detailing previously released details about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, including steps his company is taking to protect consumer data.

The Facebook CEO is facing a grilling from lawmakers over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which the British research firm hired by the Trump campaign improperly obtained data from 87 million Facebook users.

Lawmakers' takeaways from the hearing could affect Congress’s appetite for new data privacy regulations that could impact Facebook and other websites and applications.