Mark Zuckerberg testimony: Everything to know before you watch

10 April, 2018, 19:00 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing about Facebook

Facebook has pushed out a flurry of announcements over the past week about how it's planning to mop up the Cambridge Analytica data-scraping scandal, and it's clear from Zuckerberg's testimony that the announcements were meant to prime the pump, letting the embattled CEO claim that his company is indeed taking action.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg will strike a conciliatory tone on Tuesday in testimony before Congress in an attempt to blunt possible regulatory fallout from the privacy scandal engulfing his social network.

He says he plans to question Zuckerberg about the breach of data and an agreement.

QUESTION: You've said you should have acted years ago to protect user privacy and guard against other abuses.

Zuckerberg will get a second dose of questioning on Wednesday from the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Facebook has about 15,000 people working on security and content review, rising to more than 20,000 by the end of 2018, Zuckerberg's testimony said.

It took Facebook until September 2017, 10 months after the election, to go public with its first findings on the Russian meddling, which it says appeared in the news feeds of 126 million customers - equal to almost half the adult population of the United States.

Last month news of the Cambridge Analytica data breach made headlines after it was determined the company violated its agreement with Facebook by sharing user information. The notification informs users which apps they use and what kind of information they shared with those apps.

"The only thing I really share is recipes, if they want to hack me for my recipes go for it", said Facebook user Mary Beth Vanderbilt.

CONTEXT: Zuckerberg controls 59.7 percent of the voting stock in Facebook.


Mark Zuckerberg attended meetings on Capitol Hill on Monday.

Something or other must be for sale, or Facebook is the first company to rocket to the top ranks of corporate America based on having no product or profit motive.

"It's clear now that we didn't do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as well". Nelson said Zuckerberg told the senator on Monday that his company had been lied to by the firm, a notion Nelson called "naive".

Facebook's latest estimate of the number of people whose personal information might have been collected by Cambridge Analytica is 87 million, but the company has stressed that the real number could be different. Eastern today with a joint session of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees and resume at 10 a.m.

Russian Federation has been in the news at a high frequency since the 2016 election, in which evidence reveals the foreign government used social media to influence American voters in an attempt to sway public opinion toward Donald Trump, the winning candidate.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders declined to say on 9 April if new regulations were needed.

It's not Zuckerberg's fault that he has suddenly been deemed on the wrong side of history, but the Cambridge Analytica blowup is bringing a useful spotlight on the most sanctimoniously self-regarding large company in America.

"People have this idea that we are going to pass omnibus privacy legislation and it is going to be a silver bullet", said Alvaro Bedoya, a former congressional aide who worked on privacy issues for former Senator Al Franken.

Zuckerberg pledged to limit the information the platform developers can access and they have to get users' approval.

Theoretically, Vladeck says, Facebook could be assessed $40,000 per violation.

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