Again With The Apologies, Mark Zuckerberg Testified Before Congress

Again With The Apologies, Mark Zuckerberg Testified Before Congress

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, 33, swapped his usual gray t-shirt and jeans for a dark blue suit and light blue tie to testify Tuesday before Congress — a first for him.

He appeared somber and spoke before a packed room, with 44 senators in attendance, CNN reported.

“It’s extraordinary to hold a joint committee hearing. It’s even more extraordinary to have a single CEO testify before nearly half the United States Senate,” said Sen. John Thune, chairman of the Commerce Committee.

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Here’s some of what Zuckerberg told members of the Senate committees before they questioned him about Facebook’s data practices:

From CNN, Story by Veronica Rocha, Brian Ries and Amanda Wills.

“To be clear, we don’t offer an option today for people to pay not to show ads,” Zuckerberg said. “We think offering an ad-supported service is most aligned with our mission of trying to connect everyone in the world because we want to offer a free service that everyone can afford.”

“I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here.”

“It’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as well. That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy. 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,” Zuckerberg said.

Read more at CNN.