In a wide-ranging interview with Recode, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said yesterday that he’s “open” to testifying before members of Congress regarding Facebook’s ongoing privacy scandal involving data-harvesting outfit Cambridge Analytica. Zuckerberg apologized for letting the community of users down, expressed regrets about how the company handled the 2015 revelation that Cambridge Analytica collected the personal data of 50 million Facebook users and said that fixes will cost “many millions.” Facebook’s board issued a statement yesterday in support of Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg. Here’s Zuckerberg’s personal statement on his Facebook page; and here’s a transcript of the Recode interview. Who’s up for an explanation of the whole affair in podcast form? [Kara Swisher and Kurt Wagner / Recode]
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Zuckerberg, who hadn’t said a public word about the Cambridge Analytica story since it broke Friday, did a lot speaking yesterday: He also talked to Wired, the New York Times and CNN. (Warning: autoplay video on that last one. Such a lousy user experience.)
Before Zuckerberg spoke up, the roiling media controversy surfaced a chorus of anti-Facebook voices — including Cher and the founder of WhatsApp, who made billions from its sale to Facebook — saying that none of the sketched-out data and policy fixes are enough and that Facebook should be censured or even shuttered. Among them — this essay declaring that there’s a larger and more fundamental problem beyond a company’s privacy issues: Facebook is bad for us. [Matthew Yglesias / Vox]
Police released video footage from inside the self-driving Uber test car that fatally hit a pedestrian in Tempe, Ariz., on Sunday night. The video footage (viewer discretion advised) does not conclusively show who is at fault. Uber has grounded its fleet of self-driving cars in the four cities they are currently being tested in. [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]
Uber withdrew a job offer it had made to Amazon’s top voice-shopping executive after discovering a discrepancy related to his tenure at the e-commerce giant. Uber had hired Assaf Ronen to be its new product chief, and it was a big get for the company; he was Amazon’s VP of voice and natural user interface shopping and was being brought in to stabilize the key unit at Uber. [Kara Swisher / Recode]
James Murdoch is coming to the Code Conference. He’s CEO of 21st Century Fox, for now. In May, he’ll join a lineup of speakers that includes the CEOs of Uber, Airbnb, AT&T and Stitch Fix. [Recode]
Catch up on fresh insights on e-commerce, delivery, retail subscription models, AI and automation and more in these full-length onstage conversations from An Evening With Code Commerce in Las Vegas. On Tuesday night, Recode’s Jason Del Rey and Kara Swisher interviewed Nordstrom co-president Erik Nordstrom and OneMarket CEO Don Kingsborough; DoorDash CEO Tony Xu and Cheesecake Factory president David Gordon; and Rent the Runway CEO Jennifer Hyman.
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