Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Zuckerberg testifies on Capitol Hill

Zuckerberg testifies on Capitol Hill

Ahead of Wednesday's Congress hearing, Mark Zuckerberg is now testifying on Facebook users' data before a joint meeting of the Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees.

But even after a marathon session yesterday, Zuckerberg isn't out of the woods yet.

Perhaps the closet the committee got to landing a blow on "Zuck" was when Senator Dick Durbin asked about his most recent night's sleep. There's no telling how long this one will last, so settle in if you're going to watch.

Zuckerberg testified for around five hours in a Senate hearing on Tuesday.

The European Parliament has invited Mr Zuckerberg to appear before it to answer questions.

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.

The data scandal wiped away tens of billions of dollars from Facebook's market value, prompted political scrutiny on both sides of the Atlantic and even raised the once unthinkable question of whether Zuckerberg should step down as CEO. "We'll do everything possible to ensure these elections are safe", Zuckerberg said in the joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees, at the Capitol Hill here.

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Today Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Commerce Committee, will introduce a bill that would require any entity accessing Facebook data to require users to "opt-in" and consent before that information can be used, shared or sold.

Though the questioning was tense, Zuckerberg and Kennedy shook hands following the hearing.

He said data privacy and foreign interference in elections were topics that they have discussed at the Facebook board meeting.

"It certainly doesn't feel like that to me", he said when asked by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham if he thinks Facebook has a monopoly.

Cambridge University researcher Aleksandr Kogan created a personality app in 2013 that was used by around 300,000 people, but was able to access information associated with millions of accounts.

Facebook has also said it will review thousands of apps to search for additional abuse.

To that end, a Huff Post editor thought perhaps there could be an alternative set of people to grill the Facebook CEO.

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