Today, a whistleblower cast new doubts regarding the 2016 Brexit referendum after Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, confessed to a “mess up” that involves the personal information of approximately one million Britons.
Christopher Wylie worked for Cambridge Analytica, the controversial firm. He said that the “integrity” of the vote to withdraw from the European Union was “in doubt” following the admission of the social media tycoon.
Zuckerberg is the billionaire founder of the social media titan.He said: “When you’re building something like Facebook that is unprecedented in the world, there are going to be things that you mess up.”
Zuckerberg accepted the blame for the scandal that saw the information of the voters wrongly end up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica, a company that is connected to campaigns to withdraw from the European Union and has been alleged of making use of dirty strategies to win its campaigns.
He said that he was not aware of any intentions to remove him from his firm, and had no plans to fire some of his employees for the failure of the company to keep the private information of their users safe.
He stated: “I’m not looking to throw anyone else under the bus for mistakes that we made here.”
On Wednesday night, the firm admitted that it lost control of the data of 87 million people, including the information the belongs to 1,079,031 Britons.
Zuckerberg stated: “Knowing what I know today, clearly we should have done more.”
Wylie first revealed that user information had been harvested improperly from Facebook. He stated: “This should deeply concern people.”
He is currently working with the Fair Vote Project and is calling for a rerun of the Brexit referendum. He stated: “There is too much doubt surrounding the integrity of the result.
“Something must be done to right this wrong.”
Zuckerberg said that he had been too engrossed in the “good” that social media could contribute instead on how data might be abused.
He stated: “We’re broadening our view of our responsibility.” Zuckerberg insisted that he was still the best person to lead the Facebook team and learn the lessons.
He said that there had not been “any meaningful impact” on the popularity of the social media platform, nor a decline in ad sales. Shares increased more than three percent following his conference call with reporters.
The public comments of Zuckerberg come before he is set to testify at two congressional hearings in the United States of America.