Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally went under hours of questioning and accusations over the recent privacy and data leakage scandal. On Tuesday, Zuckerberg attends the Facebook's hearing in the presence of dozens of senators throwing question on the young man one by one. The founder of the world’s most popular social media platform defended the company throughout the hearing while accepted the mistakes.
The recent data scandal that turned the Facebook’s image upside down within weeks also made the company appear in the legal court hearing. In 2016, Cambridge Analytica accessed more than 47 million Facebook users’ information right under the company's nose. This compromise with the users’ data and trust caused Facebook a huge criticism and a substantial hit back in its market value in last two weeks. In his plea, Zuckerberg explained how a small idea from college dorm became a symbol of online social networking in its 14 years of journey.
The committee of senators divided among two groups, one was judiciary and another was commerce continuously cross-questioned Zuckerberg's explanation. The hearing lasted for hours including the multiple accusations on Facebook for not managing the user’s personal information responsibly. On the surprising note, Mark Zuckerberg seemed to be calm and composed throughout the hearing and maintained his composer for more than 4 hours.
Bill Nelson, the highest order Democrat on the commerce committee asked Zuckerberg “If Facebook and other online companies will not or cannot fix these privacy invasions, then we will”. On this Mark Zuckerberg replied that he knows that the company made mistake in the past and overlooked the dubious actions of the third parties like Cambridge Analytica. He assures the senators that in the coming time Facebook is making strict changes in terms and users’ safety privacy, which is also his first priority
“It’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as well,” Zuckerberg said. “And that goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy,” Zucker said in the hearing. He apologizes for the mistakes by stating,”We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. And it was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here”. Along with this, the court sessions included the discussion on how the IT companies accompanying more and more users’ information in the name necessary operations. The senators also explained how the big firm uses that details to garner profit from ad companies and other channels.
Once Mark Zuckerberg entered the courtroom and all the senators took their seats there was silence in the entire room prior to the proceeding. Along with the company officials and other high-rank holders from nation regulating bodies, there were also some protesters during the hearing, with ‘Save our privacy’ signs in their hands.
During a sharp exchange of the statements, senators asked Zuckerberg about the memo written by Andre Bosworth, Facebook's Vice President back in 2016. The memo states that the company's vision to connect the world will get unfortunate but inevitable side effects including bullying and death. Initially, the 33- old billionaire tried to dodge the question and said the most of the employees weren't convince with the memo, however, at last, he said the Facebook has a friendly environment where everyone has the right to speak.