Here's what Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg wanted 44 senators to know about the scandal in which Cambridge Analytica used the massive social platform to access 87 million users: He made mistakes.
Zuckerberg was to testify before senators on Tuesday and a House panel on Wednesday amid a firestorm over the hijacking of data on millions of Facebook users by the British firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked with Donald Trump's campaign.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg told USA lawmakers that it is fighting an "arms race" against Russia-sponsored groups trying to use the social network to manipulate elections and public opinion. VIDEO: Calif. Senator Kamala Harris questions Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Senator Dianne Feinstein wanted to know what Facebook is doing to prevent foreign actors from interfering in US elections.
"This is an arms race".
No need. "That was pretty good", he said of the exchange with Cruz.
On Monday, Zuckerberg ditched his trademark T-shirt for a suit and tie as he made the rounds on Capitol Hill with his assistant Andrea Besmehn for private meetings with lawmakers ahead of the hearings - a key test for the Facebook founder. Pressed repeatedly by Democratic Senator Ed Markey to endorse a proposed law that would require companies to get people's permission before sharing personal information, Zuckerberg agreed to further talks.
Zuckerberg paused for a full eight seconds, chuckled, grimaced and ultimately demurred.
Durbin continued, asking, "If you've messaged anybody this week, would you share with us the names of the people you've messaged?"
Facebook CEO Zuckerberg testifies before Congress over data scandal
In order to require verification for all of these pages and advertisers, we will hire thousands of more people. Still, he made clear that Facebook will always have a free option, telling Sen.
Again, a similar unwillingness to answer.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who has been in the eye of the storm ever since revelations of the company flouted data privacy rules, gave a testimony before a United States Congressional Committee on April 10. "Why aren't there repercussions?'" said Hendrix, who recently launched an advocacy project called Regulate Social Media.
"Our work with the special counsel is confidential".
After a pause, and sniggering, Zuckerberg said: "No".
"Based on our available records, neither you nor your friends logged into 'This is Your Digital Life.' As a result, it doesn't appear your Facebook information was shared with Cambridge Analytica by 'This Is Your Digital Life'".
"Senator, I want to make sure I get this accurate, so it would probably be better to have my team follow up afterwards", Zuckerberg replied. Zuckerberg plans to be contrite in his appearances before lawmakers. "And we're also going to do that for [Facebook user] pages ... that will make it significantly harder for Russian interference efforts or other inauthentic efforts to spread misinformation through the network". You can spot me 75 IQ points.
Inside the jammed hearing room, activists from the Code Pink group wore oversized glasses with the words "STOP SPYING" written on the lenses, and waved signs that read "Stop corporate lying".