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Mark Zuckerberg Faces Congress on Capitol Hill

Cole Thomas, Reporter

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reported to Capitol Hill on April 11th to appear in front of congress amid the highly scrutinized Facebook data leak.

This hearing is for the scandal regarding the 87 million Facebook users who unknowingly gave British political data firm Cambridge Analytica their private information, which is a violation of Facebook’s policies.

Cambridge Analytica also has alleged ties to former White House adviser Steve Bannon and republican party donor Robert Mercer. Cambridge Analytica also worked with the (Ted) Cruz and Trump campaigns, both Republican candidates, during the 2016 presidential election.

Because of these ties, people, especially Democrats, are urging for answers on whether or not this played a role in Donald Trump winning the presidency.

Zuckerberg took note of the Democratic complaint and stated in an article with thegaurdian.com that “The most important thing I care about right now is making sure nobody interferes in the various 2018 elections around the world.”

Facebook issued a statement saying they stopped data grabs such as the tactics of Cambridge Analytica back in 2014, but Cambridge Analytica allegedly did not dispose of the information acquired in these data grabs.

On the first day of questioning, Senator Bill Nelson addressed the elephant in the room quite rapidly after Zuckerberg had taken his seat.

According to a live updated timeline of the event by Kurt Wagner of recode.net, Nelson opened up the hearing by saying “Let me just cut to the chase, if you and and other social media companies do not get your act in order none of us are gonna have privacy anymore. That’s what we’re facing.”  

Some were surprised with the fact that Zuckerberg was the one taking the stand before congress, but his quote in the same timeline by Wagner puts any surprise to rest.

“I started Facebook, I run it,” said Zuckerberg, “I am responsible for what happens here.”

At the end of the deliberation, Zuckerberg had kept a calm and collected manner and answered each and every one of the senators questions respectfully and thoroughly, according to eyewitness account. Zuckerberg and Facebook did not dig themselves further into a hole with this testimony rather than begin their climb out.

As for restrictions on Facebook, there were no new ones, and it will remain at that until further notice.

 

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Mark Zuckerberg Faces Congress on Capitol Hill