WASHINGTON: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday admitted making a huge mistake’ as personal data of up to 87 million users may have been improperly shared with British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, a figure higher than the previous est imate of 50 million. Zuckerberg, who co-founded Facebook in 2004, once again admitted the lapses and asked for another chance to lead the company.Embroiled in a massive data breach following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook on Wednesday said data on about 87 million people-mostly in the US – may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica. Last month, the number of users whose information was improperly shared with research firm Cambridge Analytica was previously estimated by media reports to be 50 million. Zuckerberg, said that he accepted blame for the data leak, which has angered users, advertisers and lawmakers, while also saying he was still the right person to head the company he founded. “Give me another chance,” he said during a conference call when asked if he is still the best person to lead the company.“This a huge mistake. It’s my mistake,” Zuckerberg said, taking the blame for the massive data breach. “Yes. People make mistakes and learn along the way. I’m the first to admit we didn’t take a broad enough view of what our responsibilities are… What people should hold us accountable for is learning from the mistakes,” he said. He said he was unaware of the board asking him to step down against the backdrop of the data breach scandal. “Not that I am aware of…Nobody has been fired because of this scandal,” he said when asked if the board has asked him to step down in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. “I have not, due to the CA situation, yet. We’re still working through this.At the end of the day, this is my responsibility. There have been a bunch of questions about that. I started this place, I run it, I’m responsible for what happens here,” he said. “I’m not looking to throw anyone else under the bus for mistakes we made here,” he said. Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify before a Congressional committee on data breach next week.
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