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

Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: Google delays cutting off Huawei | GOP senators split over breaking up big tech | Report finds DNC lagging behind RNC on cybersecurity On The Money: Congress, White House aim to include debt limit increase in spending deal | McConnell optimistic budget deal near | Carson defends HUD eviction plan | Senate votes to undo tax hike on Gold Star families Former Facebook security chief says company needs a new CEO 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.

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"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.