Stories

SaveSave story

Sandberg: Facebook is "open to regulation"

Sheryl Sandberg.
Sheryl Sandberg. Photo: Marla Aufmuth / Getty Images for Texas Conference for Women

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg told CNBC's Julia Boorstin that if she "could live this week again," she would speak sooner on the relationship with Cambridge Analytica.

What she said: Sandberg said she could not guarantee more breaches wouldn't come to light, saying "there will always be bad actors." She also told Boorstin the company is "open to regulation," echoing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's sentiment that this was a breach of trust with users.

Why now: The interview comes a day after she and Zuckerberg both addressed the "Cambridge Analytica situation" and six days after news of the scandal broke. She hewed very closely to the comments made by Zuckerberg in a media blitz Wednesday evening, after they were both criticized for not speaking up about the situation sooner.

  • She also noted that Facebook previously tightened its data use rules, which the company noted Wednesday in its outline of new steps it is taking to protect user data.
  • "We made the changes to make this data not available years ago, but that wasn't enough."

Between the lines: The two execs are being careful to respond to the public outcry while not adding fuel to the fire by elaborating about, for example, exactly what kind of regulation they would be open to.

Go deeper: Read what Zuckerberg told media outlets Wednesday evening.

Axios 6 hours ago
SaveSave story
Featured

Axios situational awareness

⚖️ DOJ hands over Comey memos to Congress — 📝 Read what's in the memos — 🌎 Trump and Kim's summit of surprises — ☄️ There really is a lot of space junk

Sign up for Mike Allen's Axios AM.

Haley Britzky 7 hours ago
SaveSave story

Extremist with ties to 9/11 captured by U.S.-backed Syrian forces

Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stand guard on a rooftop.
Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces stand guard on a rooftop in Raqa on October 20, 2017. Photo: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Mohammed Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born German extremist who is believed to have links to the 9/11 attacks, is being questioned by the Syrian Democratic Forces, NBC reported Wednesday, citing an AFP report, and CNN confirmed on Thursday.

Why it matters: Per CNN, Zammar "is believed to have recruited some of the perpetrators" for the 9/11 attacks. Zammar was "a well-known figure in the Muslim community (and to German and U.S. intelligence agencies by the late 1990s)," the 9/11 Commission Report stated, according to NBC. Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon told CNN that Zammar "was captured more than a month ago by SDF partners as part of their ongoing operations to defeat ISIS inside Syria."