"We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake, and I'm sorry," Mark Zuckerberg confessed in his written testimony published by a House of Representatives panel.
"I started Facebook, I run it, and I'm responsible for what happens here," the businessman added.
Twitter users have been vividly debating Zuckerberg's remark.
He's been writing the same apologies since Harvard. The business method won't change, and it involves selling your data so you can be a guinea pig for whoever bought your data.— Jim Hassinger (@Swift818) 9 апреля 2018 г.
He's gonna get sooo many likes in jail!— Lamar(42, 43, 44, 4💩5)Payne (@LamarPayne16) 9 апреля 2018 г.
I am gonna need some money to fix my personal records and protect myself against thieves like you zuck @facebook in the future.— Truth Stinks 🐶🐱🐾 👊🏼🍀❄️ #Resistance) (@ClaireVoyant56) 9 апреля 2018 г.
When you put people’s precious photos and #private #personal data on the #auction block behind their backs every day, you’re not going to be a #king for long. #DeleteFacebook #Weasel #Zuckerberg https://t.co/8fQgvQEcZr … @facebook '#behavioral #laboratory' #LockHimUp pic.twitter.com/Y2Yf9QGPl6— Bill D (@zeusFanHouse) 9 апреля 2018 г.
Zuckerberg is giving testimony to the US Congress on Tuesday.
Facebook's data leak scandal broke out in March when it was made public that personal information of about 50 million Facebook users had been harvested by the Cambridge Analytica consultancy firm without their permission.
While working for major political campaigns, the firm gathered data to develop a mechanism that would predict and influence the behavior of US voters.
Earlier in the week, Facebook estimated the number of users affected at around 87 million, mostly located in the United States.