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Zuckerberg faces congressional grilling

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/10/18, 12:48 pm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees on Tuesday, one day after the social media company unveiled a plan to restore user trust. After revelations of unauthorized use of data by the firm Cambridge Analytica, which works with political campaigns, Facebook on Monday notified users who were likely affected and urged all members to update their privacy settings. Zuckerberg met behind closed doors with senators on Monday and is scheduled to testify again Wednesday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. In prepared remarks released by that committee, Zuckerberg apologized for his company’s role in the spread of misinformation before the 2016 presidential election. “We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake,” he said in the remarks. “It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here.”

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • Xion's picture
    Posted: Tue, 04/10/2018 04:13 pm

    Zuckerberg was well prepared and answered with a lot more openness and detail than I expected.  He said they were going to be more proactive in keeping the content "good".  Too bad no one followed up by having him define what is good.  Since conservative voices are now being branded by Facebook as "unsafe to the community", we will see where this leads.

  • JerryM
    Posted: Tue, 04/10/2018 06:00 pm

    What about the 2012 elections?

  • Steve Shive
    Posted: Wed, 04/11/2018 08:22 am

    I understand he was unable to give an adequate definition of "hate speech." Senator Sasse got him off the hook. CAlling for violence was one aspect they agreed upon. But we know there is more to this.  It is clear this is a major issue in our society. I don't expect FB to go very far with their partisan encouragement of their ideals and "filtering" of those they disdain. We will see. 

  • Narissara
    Posted: Wed, 04/11/2018 10:49 am

    I guess I'll be keeping my T-shirt that says, "Yes, it's true, I'm not on Facebook."  In fact, I think I'll go put it on right now.  

  • news2me
    Posted: Wed, 04/11/2018 08:50 pm

    What a joke! and what a waste of time!