Facebook will probably need “a few years” to solve the problems unveiled by the scandal over its failing protection of personal data, said the boss of the powerful social network, Mark Zuckerberg, in an interview published Monday.
Zuckerberg also defended the company’s business model and countered Facebook criticism by Apple CEO Tim Cook last week.
One of Facebook’s biggest problems is his “idealism” because he has only long seen the good sides of the connection between people, his boss said.
“We did not spend enough time investing in or thinking about the bad things that were being done with the tools,” he told Vox.
“I think right now people are rightly focusing on some of the risks and bad things,” he added.
“I think we’re going to get rid of this problem, but it will take a few years, I’d like to solve all these questions in three or six months, but I think the reality is that some of these issues will be resolved more of time, “he insisted.
Mark Zuckerberg has also responded to criticism of Tim Cook, according to which Facebook has had problems because of an economic model centered on the monetization of personal data.
“I think this argument – that if you do not pay, we can not care about you – is extremely light and does not correspond to reality at all,” he said.
“The reality is that if you want to build a service that helps connect everyone across the planet, then many people will not have the means to pay, so, as with many media, having a model based on advertising is the only rational model, “he concluded.
This is his latest interview to cushion the blow of the scandal around the use of data from 50 million Facebook users by British consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked on the election campaign of US President Donald Trump in 2016.
Authorities on both sides of the Atlantic have launched investigations into the subject.