Mark Zuckerberg Confirms: Facebook Is Working With Special Counsel Mueller

  • He said it would investigate every app that got a ‘large amount’ of information
  • It was Zuckerberg’s first time testifying before Congress
  • ‘I know that we’re working with them,’ he said when asked about cooperation with the special counsel
  • Gave conflicted answer on whether Mueller has subpoenaed Facebook
  • On Monday he was ‘sorry’ and it was ‘my mistake’ that led to breach in written evidence to the House Energy and Commerce Committee
  • Said there will ‘always be a version’ of Facebook that is free
  • Staff aides and members of the public lined up Tuesday for the hearing of a joint Senate Committee
  • Senator Blumenthal vents: ‘We’ve seen the apology tours before’
  • The 33-year old Facebook CEO testifies to a House committee on Wednesday
  • He said there was ‘no question’ Facebook should have spotted Russian interference sooner
  • Said rule requiring users be notified of breach within 48 hours ‘makes sense’
  • He has been under fire since revelations Cambridge Analytica was able to scrape data for tens of millions of users from the site
  • He is being coached by a team of experts and a former George W. Bush aide
  • Facebook has given $7 million in campaign contributions to lawmakers since 2007
  • Facebook suspended another data firm, CubeYou, over how it scraped data from user surveys
  • Lawmakers thanked him for visiting with them personally touted the firm’s rise

(Highlights from Daily Mail)


He expressed one of his biggest regrets, which was that they “were slow in identifying the Russian information operations in 2016.”

This exchange was incredibly awkward. Zuckerberg was squirming…

He also confirmed that they’re working with Mueller.

“I know we are working with them,” Zuckerberg said.

“I want to be careful here, because that work is confidential. We are in open session and I don’t want to reveal anything that is confidential,” he continued.

“I have to clarify that I’m not sure that there are subpoenas, there may be,” he added.

Zuckerberg’s many apologies:

Facebook Inc has often angered users by its handling of personal information. Almost as often, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has apologized.

He did so again on Monday in written testimony to U.S. Congress, and will likely repeat that on Tuesday and Wednesday as he faces congressional committees looking into Facebook’s management and protection of user data.

Here is a collection of Zuckerberg’s apologies, from the earliest to the most recent, in which he acknowledges mistakes and promises to do better.

September 2006
Facebook started aggregating posts from each member´s friends into a new feature called News Feed, which was not a major privacy issue but agitated many users.

Zuckerberg said: ‘We really messed this one up. When we launched News Feed and Mini-Feed we were trying to provide you with a stream of information about your social world… We didn’t build in the proper privacy controls right away.’

November 2007
Facebook introduced a feature named Beacon that told a user’s friends what they just bought, unless they blocked the disclosure of each purchase. It took Facebook several days to recognize it had a problem and to quell the outcry.

Zuckerberg said: ‘Weve made a lot of mistakes building this feature, but we´ve made even more with how we´ve handled them. We simply did a bad job with this release, and I apologize for it… Instead of acting quickly, we took too long to decide on the right solution. I´m not proud of the way we´ve handled this situation and I know we can do better.’

February 2009
Facebook changed its terms of service, and its users reacted with suspicion.
Zuckerberg said: ‘We´re at an interesting point in the development of the open online world where these issues are being worked out.’

For a look at Facebook’s numbers:

April 2010
The Wall Street Journal reported its discovery that Facebook allowed advertisers to access unique user IDs, which can be used to track consumers. It took the company a month to respond as the outcry from users and privacy advocates grew.

Zuckerberg said: ‘Sometimes we move too fast — and after listening to recent concerns, we’re responding.’
He continued: ‘In the coming weeks, we will add privacy controls that are much simpler to use. We will also give you an easy way to turn off all third-party services. We are working hard to make these changes available as soon as possible.’

November 2011
Facebook signed a consent decree with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission after an investigation of its privacy violations.

Zuckerberg said: ‘I’m the first to admit that we’ve made a bunch of mistakes. Recently, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission established agreements with Google and Twitter that are helping to shape new privacy standards for our industry. Today, the FTC announced a similar agreement with Facebook.’

– Reuters