Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg received a less than warm welcome in Washington, DC, where he vouched before a seam hearing of two Senate committees Tuesday. Among the crowds of eyewitness stringing up to watch Zuckerberg get grilled were members of the activist radical CodePink, wearing oversized sunglasses with the words, “Stop Spying, ” written across them. Another group wore t-shirts with the hashtag #DeleteFacebook scrawled on them in red Sharpie.
“What many young person feel about Facebook is they’ve kind of turned on us, ” suggested Emmanuel Sessegnon, as he waited to enter the hearing apartment. “Whereas before we had this expectancy when I signed up when I was 13, that when you’re on Facebook what you want to be public will be public, but what you want to be private will be private. What we see here is all this information that was disclosed out by Facebook to these third-party business, we just feel better inappropriate.”
Zuckerberg came to Congress to answer for a series of gossips that have affliction the company since at the least the 2016 poll. The first, of course, was the report that a Russian propaganda group called the Internet Research Agency exploited Facebook ads, fake reports, and pages to influence voters in the run-up to the 2016 US election. The most recent was Facebook’s admission that a data conglomerate listed Cambridge Analytica received unauthorized access to up to 87 million consumers’ private data without their permission beginning in 2014.
Anyone expecting Tuesday’s hearing to be a pogrom, nonetheless, likely saw away disappointed. The five-hour marathon appeared more like Social Media 101, as Zuckerberg spent the highest proportion of his time in the electric chair treading through Facebook’s expressions of services that are, the acces advertisers target consumers, the lane app developers access people’s intelligence, and how and when and why Facebook obtains and supermarkets data. For close eyewitness of both the company and the online ad ecosystem in general, the questions were largely rudimentary. That wasn’t undoubtedly a bad thing.