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Alex Webb

Facebook Fails to Back Up Its Plea for the Public’s Trust

Words alone won’t do it, especially when they obfuscate.

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Photographer: Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images

After 10 hours of Capitol Hill hearings and five hours in Westminster in London, Facebook Inc. executives’ main pitch to avoid draconian regulation has been, "We dropped the ball, you've just got to believe us when we say we'll do better." In the company’s narrative, Facebook was created by a bunch of naive college kids who had little notion that their platform might be used to malicious ends.

Here's Chief Technology Officer Mark Schroepfer on Thursday in the U.K. reflecting on when he started at Facebook in 2007: