Zuckerberg Testifies in Front of Congress
April 23, 2018
Meredith Hemmings (‘19) said, “The Facebook scandal is pretty scary because you never know when your private data is being accessed. I hope that justice is served, and that something is done to ensure user privacy.”
During the first day of his testimony, Zuckerberg answered the questions of Congress for five hours. The hearing was characterized by questions that were easy for Zuckerberg to answer due to their focus on how Facebook works. Zuckerberg was asked about things such as Facebook’s terms, how ads are chosen for users, and what information is collected by Facebook. Through this line of questioning, Zuckerberg articulated exactly how Facebook works in front of Congress.
The second day of Zuckerberg’s testimony entailed questions that were harder for Zuckerberg to answer. Members of Congress asked Zuckerberg about how Facebook would be affected by the recent events and how the platform would change. Zuckerberg did not commit to changing Facebook to reduce the collection of private data for all users. In addition, Zuckerberg stated that his own data was collected by Cambridge Analytica. Zuckerberg accepted the fact that future regulation will be put in place in order to protect users and set guidelines for social media platforms.
Caitlin Otte (‘21) said, “I think that private information is meant to be private. If I wanted my information to be public, I would make it public. It is not Facebook’s right to share my personal information with other companies whenever they want to.”
At the Congressional hearing, Rep. Jan Schakowsky read a list of apologies from Mark Zuckerberg over the years: "It seems to me from this history… that self-regulation simply does not work." https://t.co/7sB5ol8IuU pic.twitter.com/PYyMQ3iuOx
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) April 11, 2018
While giving his testimony, Zuckerberg was asked about previous court cases his company had been involved in. Zuckerberg was unable to provide Congress with details about specific cases, which concerned members since he is the CEO of Facebook.
Claire Rogan (‘20) said, “I feel like as the CEO of the company, Zuckerberg should have known a lot more about the previous lawsuits filed against Facebook.”