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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is slated to give CNN a rare interview about the Cambridge Analytica scandal that has broken through the cable network White House drama, also known as Trump TV, but it also is very much a part of that. He will sit down with CNN’s Laurie Segall on Anderson Cooper’s 360.

I mentioned all the problems with the scandal yesterday here, and how this has whittled public confidence in the social media giant. Late night monologues also took a break from the Trump bashing (a little) to include Facebook and C.A. into their skits. It’s taken over the water-cooler conversations in offices across the country, but in the back of everyone’s minds, is the fact that they basically allowed this to happen, and that they gave too much control and trust to Facebook.

That is essentially what lawmakers have been asking of social networks for a long time, even before this scandal. But it does not appear to be what Zuckerberg is asking. Zuckerberg is saying that the company already, made changes to its platform that were necessary to prevent this from happening ever again. They said that Cambridge Analytica lied to them, and forged certificates saying they deleted user information. Zuckerberg is breaking silence five days after the scandal broke, and the stock tanked. He will be giving Anderson Cooper a rare exclusive interview about the mess tonight on CNN.

For his part Zuckerberg seems aware of this, “breach of trust,” and it’s good that they are going to be doing an audit of all apps. What’s telling is that he added in a long winded Facebook post, “We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you.” It’s unclear if the interview will be enough for investigators, lawmakers, and the general public, but the stock appears to have recovered nicely.

After all the media attention it has received this week, Facebook has handled the crisis really well. That or maybe the public just really needed a big enough distraction.

John J. Falco