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In an alarming statement, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has said that fake accounts can interfere in the upcoming elections in several countries including Pakistan and can spread false information.

Facebook is committed to ensure integrity of key elections across the world, including in India, its founder Mark Zuckerberg said as he testified before the US Congress over the massive Cambridge Analytica scandal that has shaken the social media giant.

Zuckerberg had apologized many times already, to users and the public, but this was the first time before Congress.

At the hearing, Zuckerberg said: "We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. And I'm sorry", he said. "I started Facebook, I run it, and I'm responsible for what happens here".

"I don't know the answer to that off the top of my head, I know we try to delete it as quickly as reasonable [.] I can follow up or have my team follow up to give you the data on that", Zuckerberg said.

Zuckerberg, speaking Tuesday to senators concerned in part about Facebook's susceptibility to foreign powers who would use the service to meddle in American elections, said Facebook at first had been reactive to offensive and unsafe content, removing it only after it had spread.

"It will take some time to work through all the changes we need to make across the company".

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Earlier this year Mueller charged 13 Russian individuals and three Russian companies in a plot to interfere in the 2016 presidential election through a social media propaganda effort that included online ad purchases using US aliases and politicking on USA soil.

Asked if Facebook executives have been interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the United States election: "Our work with the special counsel is confidential...." This is as it warns that users should manage apps that they use and control access to the data those apps can see.

Zuckerberg had gone through rigorous training sessions with lawyers, consultants and advisers in the days before the hearing.

Facebook is also investing in artificial intelligence and adding more people to help find advertisers that should have gone through the authorization process but did not. He insists that Facebook is an "idealistic" company that did not consider the possibility that its users data could be weaponized for electoral purposes.

Zuckerberg met Monday with Florida Sen.

He was testifying before the Senators and House panel in a joint hearing. The company has said that as many as 146 million people may have received information from a Russian agency that's accused of orchestrating much of the cyber meddling in the election. And according to the report, he had chose to tell the panel that he would not resign.

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