Ditching his regular casual t-shirt and jeans look, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg adorned himself in a suit with blue tie to appear before the Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees of the United States to testify over Facebook privacy scandal.
Zuckerberg’s first appearance in front of the Congress turned out to be a sort of gripe session as both Democratic and Republican showed their distress about Facebook failing to protect millions of users’ privacy and data and stop Russian interference in American election. Facebook has been accused of revelation of sensitive data of as many as 87 million Facebook users via a political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica, which was connected to the Trump campaign. During about five hours of questioning by 44 congressional senators, the billionaire CEO of one of the world’s most powerful commercial and civic enterprises – Zuckerberg repeatedly apologised for Facebook’s lack of protecting user data and privacy.
Zuckerberg was unhesitant while saying, “We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here.” While the young Facebook CEO was in the Congress, dozens of cardboard cutouts depicting Mark Zuckerberg were set out with a T-shirt emblazoned with the message “Fix Fakebook”. But he was confident, he answered to each question directly and his performance in the Congress aided Facebook stocks have a kick up as it ended the day with 4.5% rise – despite the rage.
However, during the questioning session at the Congress, Mark Zuckerberg managed to avoid making any specific promises about supporting the congressional regulations or change the tactics about how Facebook makes money. Which clearly means that advertisements are the heart of Facebook’s earnings and will most likely remain so – regardless of congressional implications. It was also indicated that the possibility of premium version of Facebook which would require users to pay for the service and in return may not use their data for advertisements. But Zuckerberg also cleared it off that “there will always be a version of Facebook that will be free”, henceforth keeping his testimony clear of any promises.