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Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg are showing the way on taking responsibility

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 15 April, 2018, 10:16am
UPDATED : Sunday, 15 April, 2018, 10:16am

Facebook may have blundered by letting its data be misused by Cambridge Analytica. However, the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has shown remarkable maturity, courage and leadership at the age of 33, in handling the US Congress hearings

His comment, “It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here”, was an exemplary admission of personal and corporate responsibility. “I’m committed to getting this right,” he added.

Very few leaders in the corporate world, or governments globally, will have the courage to take personal ownership of their own mistakes or those of their institutions.

Leaders are quick to seize credit for success, but often slither away in times of distress. For being different, I salute Mr Zuckerberg.

When John F. Kennedy started his presidential campaign nearly 60 years ago, he was asked what he would do as US president. He replied, “I hope to be responsible.” Mr Zuckerberg has also been responsible, as a corporate leader.  

Rajendra Aneja, Mumbai