Facebook founder's data 'was included in breach'

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Facebook later limited the data apps could access, and suspended Cambridge Analytica after it allegedly kept the data while telling Facebook it had been deleted.

Cambridge Analytica, the data analytics firm that gained access to the personal information of as many as 87 million Facebook users, announced on Wednesday that its acting CEO will step down.

The moments of tension contrasted with Zuckerberg's relatively smooth ride during Tuesday's marathon Senate hearing, where he earned high marks for comfortably parrying questions from 40-plus lawmakers.

Kathy Castor, a Democratic congresswoman from Florida, told Mr Zuckerberg on Wednesday: "Americans do not like to be manipulated, we do not like to be spied on". He's less willing to talk about how or if you can decide what advertisers and marketers see when you log in to Facebook in the first place. Just turn off data collection by default. But I have to say, the hearing in general is a lot tougher than yesterday.

In another bruising exchange, Jan Schakowsky, a Democrat from IL, asked Mr Zuckerberg: "Who is going to protect us from Facebook?" Shares in Facebook posted their biggest daily gain in almost two years on Tuesday, closing up 4.5 percent.

Representative Anna Eshoo, reading questions from her constituents in and around Silicon Valley, California, asked Mr Zuckerberg whether he was one of the 87 million people whose data may have been handed to the controversial firm. "And I'm responsible for what happens here", Zuckerberg said.

It comes as no surprise that Zuckerberg would be eager to hit out at the smartphone manufacturer after Cook ripped Facebook last week for its failure to protect user privacy. "It will take some time to work through all of the changes we need to make, but I'm committed to getting it right".

"It's strikes me that there's a real trust gap here".

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"We'll also update our data policy to better spell out what data we collect and how we use it".

"Why should we trust you to follow through on these promises?" he said.

"There were a number of other researchers who were building similar apps", Zuckerberg replied.

But his calm demeanor at times appeared to frustrate the panel of 42 senators, who also lobbed questions on everything from diversity to bias against conservative news and views at the 33-year-old billionaire - without extracting many new concessions from him.

Zuckerberg later said such regulation is inevitable.

Facebook shares have been battered by concern that a string of controversies could tempt Congress to introduce profit-crimping regulation.

As for the federal Russian Federation probe that has occupied much of Washington's attention for months, he said he had not been interviewed by special counsel Mueller's team, but "I know we're working with them". The company was also one of the principal firms directing Donald Trump's digital strategy during the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

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