Mark Zuckerberg and his Congressional Testimony about Facebook’s Practices

VIDEO below and TRANSCRIPT (by Ann Rose Laurence): Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, U.S. Judiciary and Senate Commerce Committee, Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

SENATOR KENNEDY: “Mr. Zuckerberg, I come in peace. (Laughter.) Ah, I, I do not want to have to vote to regulate Facebook. But, by God, I will. That, a lot of that depends on you. I’m a little disappointed in this hearing here today. I just don’t feel like that we are connecting. So, just let me lay it out from my point of view. I think you are really a smart guy. And I think you have built an extraordinary American company. And you’ve done a lot of good. Some of the things you’ve been able to do are magical. But our promised digital utopia, we have discovered, has minefields. There, there’s some impurities in the Facebook punch-bowl. (Kennedy plopped his glasses to the side of his notes and sternly looked at Zuck.) And they’ve got to be fixed. And I think you can fix them. Now, now here’s what’s going to happen — There’s going to be a whole lot of bills to regulate Facebook. It’s up to you whether they are passed or not. You can go back home and spend $10 Million on lobbyists to fight us. Or you can go back home and help us solve this problem. And there are two. (Kennedy held up two fingers.) One is a privacy problem and the other is what I call a propaganda problem. Let’s start with the privacy problem first. Let’s start with the users’ agreement. Here is what everyone has been trying to tell you today — and, and I, I say this gently: ‘Your user agreement sucks!’ You’re a, you can spot me 75 IQ points. If I can figure it out; you can figure it out. The purpose of that user agreement is to cover Facebook’s rear end. It’s not to inform your users about their rights. Now, you know that; and I know that. I’m going to suggest to you that you go back home and re-write it. And tell your $1,200 an hour lawyers — no disrespect, they’re good. — But, but tell them that you want it written in English. non-Swahili — so the average American can understand it. That would be a start. I, are, are you willing — as a Facebook user, are you willing to give me more control over my data? …”
MARK ZUCKERBERG: “Senator, as somebody who uses Facebook, I believe you should have complete control over your data.”
SENATOR KENNEDY: “Okay. Are, are you willing to go back and, and work on, on giving me a greater right to erase my data?”
MARK ZUCKERBERG: “Senator, you can already delete any of the data that is there. Or you can delete all of your data.”
SENATOR KENNEDY: “Are you willing to expand, to work on expanding that?”
MARK ZUCKERBERG: “Senator, I believe we already do what you are referring to. But, certainly, we’re always working to try and make these controls easier.”
SENATOR KENNEDY: “Are you willing to expand my right to know who you are sharing my data with?”
MARK ZUCKERBERG: “Senator, we already give you a list of apps that you’re using and you signed into those yourself – and provided affirmative consent. ….”
SENATOR KENNEDY: “Right. When I use …”
MARK ZUCKERBERG: “… As I said before, we don’t share ….”
SENATOR KENNEDY: “my, on that user agreement. Are, are you willing to expand my right to prohibit you from sharing my data?”
MARK ZUCKERBERG: “Senator, again – I believe you already have that control. So, I, I, think people have that, that full control in the system that we have today. If we’re not communicating this clearly, then that’s a big thing that we should work on. Because I think the principles that you are articulating are the ones we believe in and try to codify in the product we build.”
SENATOR KENNEDY: Are, are you willing to give me the right to take my data on Facebook and move it to another social media platform?”
MARK ZUCKERBERG: “Senator, you can already do that. We have a download your information tool where you can go to get a file of all the content there and then do whatever you want to with it.”
SENATOR KENNEDY: “And you, are you then, I assume, you’re willing to give me the right to say that I”m going to go on your platform and you’re going to be able to tell a lot about me as a result — but I don’t want you to share with anybody?”
MARK ZUCKERBERG: “Yes, Senator. And I, I believe you already have that ability today. People can sign on and choose to not share things and foolow some friends or pages and read content, if that is what they want to do.”
SENATOR KENNEDY: “Okay. Ah, let me be sure that I understand — I’m about out of time. Boy, it goes fast doesn’t it? I’m going to question – in my 12 seconds — Can someone call you up and say, ‘I want to see John Kennedy’s file?”
MARK ZUCKERBERG: “Absolutely not.”
SENATOR KENNEDY: “Could you, if — not, not would you do it – could you do it?”
MARK ZUCKERBERG: “Ah … in, in theory.”
SENATOR KENNEDY: “Do you have the right to put my data – the name on my data, and share it with somebody?”
MARK ZUCKERBERG: “I do not believe we have the right to do that.”
SENATOR KENNEDY: “Do you have the ability?”
MARK ZUCKERBERG: “Senator, the data is in the system so ….”
SENATOR KENNEDY: “Do you have the ability?”
MARK ZUCKERBERG: “Technically. I think that some could do that but it would be a massive breach — so we would never do that.”
SENATOR KENNEDY: “It would be a breach. … Thank you, Mr. Chairman.”
CHAIRMAN GRASSLEY: “Thank you, Senator Kennedy.”

Sen. John Kennedy questions Mark Zuckerberg

People have been trying to tell Mr. Zuckerberg all day that his user agreement sucks. The purpose of Facebook's user agreement is to cover its rear end. It's not to inform Facebook users about their rights. I told Mr. Zuckerberg that he could either go back home and spend $10 million on lobbyists to fight us, or he can go back home and help us solve this problem.

Posted by Senator John Kennedy on Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Comments prior to hearing by Sen John Kennedy:

I want to hear three words from Mr. Zuckerberg: “I’m on it.” I want him to say that he understands the problem, that he knows how he’s going to fix it, and that he will be back in six months to give us a progress report.

Facebook’s motto has been “move fast and break things.” Well, it did, and I want to know how they plan on fixing it. Mr. Zuckerberg was on the hill today lobbying members of Congress. I’m not interested in being lobbied. I’m interested in fixing the problems.

The guy behind Zuckerberg was the WH deputy chief of staff for Bush and is Facebook’s VP of Global Public Policy.

His name is Joel Kaplan.

Zuckerberg hearing: Grasping — and grasping for — tech terms

Technology can prove confusing for even the most knowledgeable. There were a few moments during Tuesday’s testimony by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg before the Senate Judiciary and Senate Commerce committees that left lawmakers — and viewers and even Zuckerberg — scratching their heads.


Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) asked Zuckerberg whether he’d heard of Peter Thiel’s company Palantir, which specializes in big-data analysis. She added that “some people have referred to [Palantir] as a Stanford Analytica,” suggesting that Palantir may have taught CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA some of its own data-collection methods. Palantir has denied working with Cambridge Analytica, but former Cambridge contractor Christopher Wylie said that some of Palantir’s staff helped work on the models Cambridge was building. Cantwell’s peculiar phrasing of this question, however, left Zuckerberg at a loss for words. [2]

Zuckerberg’s private data revealed after using ineffective privacy settings at Senate testimony

Mark Zuckerberg’s private cheat sheet for Tuesday’s Senate hearing wound up online after the Facebook CEO failed to use the proper settings to protect his private data from public eyes.

Among the dozen-odd topics listed on his cheat sheet were: what to say if he was asked about resigning, six bullet points to hit when the topic of Cambridge Analytica came up, and a line to use if anyone attacked the company…

(It was: “Respectfully, I reject that. Not who we are”).

The Facebook CEO failed to use the “proper privacy settings” to protect his private data from public eyes Tuesday. [3]

Tuesday’s congressional hearing is the first of two Zuckerberg faces this week to answer questions about Facebook’s privacy protections and other issues.


WOW! 46 of 55 House Committee Members Received FB Contributions

How can 46 House committee members sit in judgment of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and the social media platform’s practices when they have received contributions from said social media giant?

Why didn’t the media pick this up?

The congressional panel that received the most contributions from the company is the House Energy and Commerce Committee, whose lawmakers are set to question Zuckerberg on Wednesday.

Of the 55 members on this committee, all but nine of them have received contributions by Facebook for the past decade, with the average Democrat receiving nearly $6,750 and the average Republican receiving $6,800. [4]

Apparently, Facebook employs dozens of individuals with tight ties to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton — and puts them in key positions of influence.

36 FB employees NAMED, who have Obama relationships.
9 FB employees (out of 45) NAMED, who have Clinton relationships!!

During his recent apology tour, Mark Zuckerberg notably failed to mention recent revelations about the Obama 2012 campaign’s exploitation of the platform’s weak pre-2014 data protections to harvest masses of data from non-consenting users.
The number of ex-Obama staffers on his payroll, according to Linkedin, might explain why.

In the words of Carol Davidsen, who oversaw data analytics at Obama for America in 2012, the campaign was “actually able to ingest the entire social network of the U.S.” Davidsen made these comments publicly as early as 2015, but they received little attention at the time.

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica story, Davidsen made another bombshell admission on social media — that Facebook representatives visited the Obama campaign offices after the 2012 election and told them they were allowed to get away with it because “they were on their side.”

In retrospect, this shouldn’t be surprising. Obama’s 2012 campaign staff and his subsequent White House team included several former employees of top Silicon Valley companies. After working for Obama, many of these employees returned to Facebook, some of whom now occupy senior positions at the company, according to their Linkedin profiles. They include:


In total, we found 45 employees who had previously worked or volunteered with the Hilary campaigns, the Obama campaigns, or the Obama White House and are now employed by Facebook, Facebook-owned companies, or the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative. This does not include Facebook employees who do not have Linkedin accounts or neglected to mention past experience on their profiles.

Facebook’s ties to the Obama White House are similar to that of Google, which also appeared to have a revolving-door relationship with the former administration. Andrew Breitbart once wrote of the “Democrat-media complex.” Clearly, there now exists a “Democrat-Silicon Valley complex” as well. [6]

Mark Zuckerberg Claims Facebook Censorship of Diamond and Silk Was ‘Enforcement Error’

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the Energy and Commerce Committee of the House of Representatives in Washington today where he claimed that Facebook’s limiting of YouTube duo Diamond and Silk was the result of an “enforcement error.” Rep. Joe Barton, a Republican representing  Texas’s 6th congressional district  and vice-chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said to Zuckerberg; “I’m going to read you a question that I was asked, I got this through Facebook and I’ve got dozens like this.” [7]




[1] Facebook John Kennedy

[2] Politico

[3] Vice News

[4] Western Journal

[5] Breitbart

[6] Gellar Report

[7] Breitbart

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