Facebook Defend Itself Before Congress: Some Awkward Moments
These are some awkward moments in during Facebook hearings concerning data breached (Cambridge Analytical Scandal) at Washington D.C.
Yesterday, Sen-Orrin Hatch (R-UT) tried to figure out the means at which Facebook generates its revenues while People are using Facebook for free.
Sen-Orrin Hatch (R-UT): how do you sustain a business model in which users don’t pay for your service?
Zuckerberg; senators, we run ads.
Senator Hatch: I see, that’s great.
Sen Gary Peters (D-MI) tried to find out if Facebook secretly listen to its users conversation on phone by using the example of his son who loves buying suits and saw saw suits adverts online.
Sen Bucshon: If you are not listening to us on the phone, who is? And do you have specific contracts with those companies that will provide data that is being acquired verbally?
Zuckerberg: My understanding is that a lot of these cases that you’re taking about are a coincidence.”
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-K): Mr.Zuckerberg, would you be comfortable sharing with us the name of the hotel you stayed in last night?
Zuckerberg: No (after freezing for some moments before a late arrival ‘No’)
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-K): If you’ve messaged anyone this week, would you share with us the names of the people you’ve messaged?
Zuckerberg: No, I would probably not choose to do that publicly here.
Question about Facemash – Facemash is an app built by Zuckerberg fifteen years ago before he created Facebook.
Rep.Billy Long (R-MO): What was Facemash, and is it still up and running?
Zuckerberg: No, there was a movie about this or it said about this (speaking about 2010’s The Social Network).
Rep.Billy Long (R-MO): It was unclear truth – and the claim that Facemash was somehow connected to the development of Facebook. It isn’t, it wasn’t.
Zuckerberg: It isn’t. It wasn’t.
Rep Billy Long (R-MO): Just coincidental? Just coincidental? You put up picture of two women and decide which on is better, more attractive of the two.
This conversation obviously made Zuckerberg to be very uncomfortable before a long comment the CEO had come a long way since Facemash