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His apology came as Facebook faced a widening scandal where a British political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica improperly gathered detailed information on 87 million of its users. "Your user agreement sucks".

This is just the latest in a string of data privacy-related issues the world's largest social network is dealing with.

Senator Gary Peters wanted to know if Facebook records audio through the smartphone microphones or when users are making calls, telling Zuckerberg that his friends were often spooked to see adverts for products they had been talking about on the phone.

Facebook also didn't alert the Federal Trade Commission, Zuckerberg said, and he assured senators the company would handle the situation differently today.

Asked if Facebook executives have been interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the United States election, Zuckerberg said: "Our work with the special counsel is confidential".

Mark Zuckerburg's appearance before the US Congress has been derided - chiefly thanks to confused and confusing questions from middle-aged politicians struggling to grasp how Facebook works.

Not so fast, the much older senators told Zuckerberg, 33, who was perched atop a seat pillow for the much-anticipated hearing into whether and how the breach affected the 2016 elections.

The probe appeared to reach its nadir when a Republican Senator, Orrin Hatch, asked Zuckerberg how Facebook makes money. And it was my mistake, and I'm sorry. You can limit what apps you connect Facebook to and that could help keep your personal data more secure.

He replied: "First I understand where that concern is coming from because Facebook and the tech industry is located in silicon valley which is an extremely left-leaning place".

In February, U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians and three Russian companies with interfering in the election by sowing discord on social media.

And at the end of the day, the fact that this conspiracy refuses to die says something about how Facebook users view the company: as a stalker that creeps on their privacy, and then can't be believed when it tells you, "no, trust me, we don't do that". Zuckerberg also addressed the use of face book by Russian agents to spread false information leading up to the 2016 election. "This, I think, is an important area for the whole industry to move on", he said. Nelson said afterward that Zuckerberg was "forthright and honest to the degree he could" be in the private, one-on-one meeting.

But the senators gave as good as they got - which saw Illinois' Duck Durbin receiving lots of love for his question to the CEO.

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