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.
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.
Zuckerberg has been apologizing for going too far and being too reckless with people’s privacy since he was a sophomore in college 15 years ago. https://t.co/ZKtlcZOVPi
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) April 10, 2018
Easier to ask for forgiveness than permission
— Russell C. Lakey (@RussLakey) April 10, 2018
THAT'S why regulation is absolutely necessary and zuckerberg needs to go.
— Lynda G Wonn (@islagiatt4) April 10, 2018
to the winklevoss twins……..bet they're having fun watching Suckerberg get burned,Karma dosent look at incomes to make a visit
— O Don't Go (@lolagirl2007) April 10, 2018
Everyone piling on MZ like a Winklevoss family reunion
— GP (@gobsmackled) April 10, 2018
Sort of like the big banks paying fines and apologizing for repeatedly breaking various laws. $JPM
— Aaron Task (@aarontask) April 10, 2018
I guess it's going to take an act of Congress to hold him to his apologies.
— MichaelTheResister (@Michael71858503) April 10, 2018
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