Senator catches Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) got into an awkward exchange Tuesday when the senator asked the social media magnate about the potential exposure of his own personal information.
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Mark Zuckerberg faced dozens of senators — and the American television audience — to take “hard questions” on how Facebook has handled user data and faced efforts to subvert democracy.
“We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake, and I’m sorry,” the co-founder and CEO of Facebook, uncharacteristically wearing a suit, said in his opening remarks. “I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here.”
Zuckerberg testified Tuesday before a joint session of the Senate Commerce and judiciary committees.
He spoke for more than four hours. If you want the full experience, you can watch the video above,
Kennedy to Zuckerberg: ‘Your user Agreement Sucks’
Asked by Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) whether he thought Facebook’s 87 million users who were affected by the Cambridge Analytica leak were victims, Zuckerberg said yes.
“Senator, I think — yes, they did not want their information to be sold to Cambridge Analytica by a developer,” Zuckerberg said. “That happened, and it happened on our watch.”
Later in the day, Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) slammed Zuckerberg with blistering attacks.
“There are some impurities in the Facebook punch bowl,” he said. “I don’t want to have to vote to regulate Facebook. But by god, I will. That depends on you. … Your user agreement sucks.”
Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois:
Mr Zuckerberg, would you be comfortable sharing with us the name of the hotel you stayed in last night?
Zuckerberg: Uhh… no.
If you messaged anyone this week, would you share with us the names of the people you’ve messaged?
Zuckerberg: Senator, no, I would probably choose not to do that.
I think that may be what this is all about. Your right to privacy, the limits of your right to privacy, and how much you’d give away, in modern America, in the name of “connecting people around the world.”
Social media giant dwarfed by Scrutiny
On Wednesday, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) told the 33-year-old founder, listing off a series of apologies he’d made stretching back to 2003, that “you have a long history of growth and success, but you also have a long list of apologies,” suggesting “this is proof to me that self-regulation simply does not work.”
The day before, a poster board listing Zuckerberg mea culpa from 2006, 2007 and 2011 was raised during questioning by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who said “we’ve seen the apology tours before.” Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) pointed to Zuckerberg’s history of making apologies and asked, “after a decade of promises to do better, how is today’s apology different?” Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) told him to “please stop apologizing and make the change.”