The best jokes on Twitter about Zuck's congressional testimony

Clay Curtis
April 14, 2018

For those of us who have been paying attention to Facebook and its litany of scandals over the past few months, Zuck's testimony in front of committees from the Senate and a (distinctly more lucid) one from the House told us nothing new.

"Most of what I found was not at all surprising", he said.

Although it's not been confirmed by Facebook, fuel has been added to the fire after a comment was made by Zuckerberg during his appearance.

"We have got to fix that", he said. CNET reports that Zuckerberg denied even knowing the term. It moved even higher when he started addressing the questions from lawmakers and finished the day with a 4.5 percent gain.

Regulation is certainly one way to catch up on protecting people's data privacy, according to Emily Laidlaw, an associate professor of law at the University of Calgary.

"Facebook will be fine", Recode journalists wrote, paraphrasing what Mark Zuckeberg had said during a conference call with reporters on April 4.

He parried questions of how much control people have over their data on the world's largest social media network without a major gaffe, while avoiding being cornered into supporting new government regulation.

With 44 Senators asking questions, and just five minutes of time allotted for each, there was limited potential for follow-up questions to and grilling of the CEO during the testimony at Congress.

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"If you put in a really sophisticated and burdensome regulatory structure, the only people who can afford it are the big players and so they end up becoming entrenched at the top", she told Tremonti. It's not enough to give people a voice.

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica face multiple lawsuits over alleged misuse of personal information with at least five law firms in the United Kingdom and U.S. investigating claims for compensation. The site has access to your data and can do with it whatever it pleases, as evidenced by the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica debacle. Zuckerberg stated that his team would have to return with that information at a later date, as the CEO himself did not know.

Facebook is facing another investigation over revelations that information from tens of millions of its users were accessed by data research firm Cambridge Analytica.

"In general we collect data on people who are not signed up for Facebook for security purposes", Zuckerberg said.

"We are working to advocate technology", Parakilas said, "that aligns with humanity's best interest". With May 25 fast approaching, Facebook doesn't have long to get it up and running properly - particularly if it is going global.

One of the issues raised was about the alleged political bias of the platform, with conservative legislators asking about the removal of several popular conservative Facebook pages.

Ives says investors likely picked up on Zuckerberg's confidence on Tuesday. As Tech.pinions says, the fact that users that are engaging less with content and brands means they simply aren't as valuable to companies paying for traffic or buying ads.

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