It’s Tuesday and for once, it’s not the day you wished you could stay at home, now that you’ve somehow survived the dreadful Monday. No, it’s the day you get to watch Facebook’s CEO, arguably one of the most powerful people in tech, testify before Congress. Yep, the session will be live on the Internet, if you know where to look for 😉
Luckily, you have us to give a helping hand. Mark Zuckerberg will sit before a joint hearing today and tomorrow. He is expected at 2:15 pm EDT this Tuesday, before the Senate Judiciary and Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation committees. The following day, he will give his testimony for the House Energy and Commerce Committee earlier, at 10 am EDT.
As you know, the questions and topic points will revolve around the scandal of the past weeks, regarding Cambridge Analytica’s wrongful use of the private information of 87 million Facebook users.
Zuckerberg will likely come clean, talking freely about the thing that started it all, back in 2014. Then, researcher Aleksander Kogan created an app that hundreds of thousands of Facebook users installed to capture data. But he didn’t keep it for himself, instead giving it away to consultancy firm, Cambridge Analytica. We already talked about the ways in which was used,without people’s knowledge.
Congress will also expect to see Zuckerberg’s view on Russia’s Internet Research Agency efforts to get leverage through their platform for their own political affairs.
“Our joint hearing will be a public conversation with the CEO of this powerful and influential company about his vision for addressing problems that have generated significant concern about Facebook’s role in our democracy, bad actors using the platform, and user privacy,” explained senator John Thune of South Dakota.
After this fiasco, legislators have realized the power tech giants have on people and are not taking any more chances. Google and Twitter’s CEOs have already got “instructions” to mark posts with political implications or political ads as such.
Meanwhile, Facebook’s CEO has taken some measures to get users’ forgiveness, but will it get a second chance? And if so, under what circumstances?
We’ll see how this will play out later today.