Jack Ma to Mark Zuckerberg: ‘Fix’ Facebook

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The founder of Chinese online retail giant Alibaba, Jack Ma, has called on Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, to ‘fix’ the privacy issues of the company. The comments were made a day before Zuckerberg was scheduled to appear at congressional hearings in the United States regarding the misuse of the company of the private data of its users.

Ma was talking during the Boao Forum which was held in China, The said event is considered as the Asian equivalent of Davos. The boss of Alibaba was initially reluctant to comment regarding the woes of the social media giant. However, he eventually answered questions regarding the data breach of Facebook.

He stated: “I will not make a comment about Facebook, but I will say, Facebook, 15 years ago, they never expected this thing to grow like that.

The senior management should take responsibility, say, hey, from now we start to work on it.”

The social media titan is currently under fire following the revelation that the data of more than 87 million of its users was harvested by Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting group, which may have then made use of the data to influence the US presidential elections, and possibly the British Brexit referendum vote.

Jack Ma continued: “Right, it’s like a social network, it’s got 2bn people using it! So all of the problems they did not realise came up! It is the time we fix it.”

He added: “But I think the problem would be solved, we should not kill the company because of these problems.”