Report: Day 2 Of Zuckerberg’s Testimony Before Congress

By Nitish Singh / April 11, 2018

Yesterday was a seemingly unending marathon of questions faced by the Facebook CEO as they came from US lawmakers. On day 1, Mark Zuckerberg’s hearing was held in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. On day 2, Zuckerberg will be hearing before the Energy and Commerce Committee.

The social media company’s CEO has already faced questions pertaining to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, measures taken to protect user data, and also questions about what kind of policies Zuckerberg thinks should be used to regulate Facebook. Now we will just have to wait and watch for day 2, to see all the other types of questions that will be put in front of Zuckerberg.

From today's hearing, we have come to know that Zuckerberg doesn’t visualize his company to be in a state of monopoly. However, the CEO did fail to mention any other viable competitors. There was also a hinting towards a paid, ad-free version of Facebook, but it was explicitly stated that the free version will not be taken down either. There were also questions pertaining to the age-old conspiracy theory that Facebook eavesdrops on conversations through the users’ phone's microphone - however, Zuckerberg clearly refuted this, as not true.

Zuckerberg to appear for day 2 with Congress

Image Courtesy of NY Mag

Furthermore, the company CEO has also acknowledged that he understands that data privacy is a great concern, and it is an area that Facebook will prioritize to improve. He also supported law-making decisions that would rain down on the company’s data collecting powers, citing that if it is the right decision, he will support it. Besides this, majority of the hearing was about the legislators trying to understand what Facebook is and how it operates.

It is to be noted that Mark Zuckerberg mostly maintained a confident and competent persona throughout the 5-hour long hearing. The Day 2 of Zuckerberg’s Testification Before Congress will start at 10 AM ET / 7 AM PT. For live streaming details, refer to this link.

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