Zuckerberg’s Testimony in Brief: 6 MOST Important Things About Congressional Hearing (Q&A) – Day 1


First Congressional hearing at the Judiciary Committee took place on Tuesday. If you missed the live stream, don’t worry, we have it covered. 

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In a nutshell

On Wednesday,  CEO Mark Zuckerberg is headed to Capitol Hill to answer questions from lawmakers, after the company confirmed they shared personal information of 87 million users with Cambridge Analytica, a firm that the helped Trump win the election.

On Tuesday, the first part of the hearing took place. Zuck sat before a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation committees, that started at 2:15 pm EDT.

He survived 5 hours of questioning from Congress. You can watch Tuesday’s Senate hearing at the Judiciary Committee’s website here.

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Q&A from Tuesday’s meeting

  • Most of the questions were relentless and showed that elderly senators didn’t really know how the social media works.

Q: “How do you sustain a business model in which users don’t pay for your service?”

A: “Senator, we run ads.”

Q: “How many data categories do you store, does store, on the categories that you collect?”

A: “Senator, can you clarify what you mean by data categories? I’m not actually sure what that is referring to.”

  1. Also, there were moments, when the members of the Congress suggested a few improvements of privacy issues. But, of course, Zuck has it all covered.

Q: “Are you willing to go back and work on giving me a greater right to erase my data?”

A:  “Senator, you can already delete any of the data that’s there or delete all of your data.”

Q:  “Are you willing to expand my right to prohibit you from sharing my data?”

A: “Senator, again, I believe that you already have that control….”

Q: “Are you willing to give me the right to take my data on and move it to another social media platform?”

A: “Senator, you can already do that….”

  • The question of Cambridge Analytica was brought only once during the hearing, but even this time Mark was able to evade it.

Q: “Are you aware of anyone in the leadership at who was in a conversation where a decision was made not to inform your users? Or do you believe no such conversation ever took place?”

A: “I am not sure whether there was a conversation about that.”

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  • Zuck admitted that most of the users don’t even read ’s terms of service before signing up.

Q: Do you think someone reads the full terms of service?

A:  “I would imagine that probably most people do not read the whole thing, but everyone has the opportunity to, and consents to it.”

  • The conspiracy theory about secretly recording audio through phone microphones in order to better target ads was denied too.

Q: “Yes or no, does use audio obtained from mobile devices to enrich personal information about users?”

A: Senator, let me get clear on this, you’re talking about this conspiracy theory that gets passed around that we listen to what’s going on on your microphone and use that for ads. To be clear, we do allow people to take videos on their devices and share those, and videos have audio, so we do while you’re taking a video, record that and use that to make the service is better by making sure your videos have audio, but I think that is pretty clear. But I just wanted to make sure I was exhaustive there.”

So, what’s now?

The whole meeting wasn’t really helpful for those, who were waiting for the answers on such topics as Cambridge Analytica scandal, privacy issues, personal data abuse. Mark Zuckerberg has been explaining the members of Congress the basics of social media platforms for 5 hours.

SEE ALSO: Facebook Has Quietly Been Storing Users Never-Posted Videos. What Else We Don’t Know, Mark?

Source: Ting Shen / Xinhua / Sipa USA / Scanpix / LETA

On Wednesday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will get a turn, kicking off at 10 am EDT.

For Wednesday’s action, head to the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s page here.

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Tuesday’s Senate hearing at the Judiciary Committee took place on Tuesday. If you missed the live stream, don't worry, we have it covered. 

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