Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified this week before silver-haired members of Congress in what culminated into two days of cringeworthy moments.
What's the hearing about again?
The hearing is regarding Cambridge Analytica's data breach scandal; however, the conversation has been significantly derailed by members of Congress who know next to nothing about how the internet and the social media platform operates (how can you regulate something you know nothing about?).
Technology is legitimately complicated and even more complicated are the inner workings of giant tech companies and algorithms. Members struggled to come up with coherent questions during Zuckerberg's testimony that led to The Verge compiling a series of bizarre moments from the last two days.
What did members of Congress say?
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) couldn't correctly name the very data company that brought on the hearing calling it "Stanford Analytica" instead of Cambridge Analytica and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) had no idea how the platform made its fortune.
"So, how do you sustain a business model in which users don’t pay for your service?” asked Hatch.
“Senator, we run ads,” Zuckerberg responded. Pat didn't feel too sorry for Zuckerberg but argued he's a private business owner and owes no explanation for some of the questions presented by the members.
Twitter took notice:
Some Senators don't understand the Internet or Facebook, so naturally, Zuckerberg came to the rescue! https://t.co/NZN5xvIOQ5— CNET (@CNET)1523550602.0
Here’s what passes for enthusiasm in Mark Zuckerberg. This and more meme-able highlights from his day in the Senat… https://t.co/8egGCrKWuM— Ad Age (@Ad Age)1523562031.0
Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress for 5 hours yesterday — and things got weird https://t.co/bpugO5eAom— The Verge (@The Verge)1523451796.0
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