Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before members of Congress. There were expected queries regarding the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal, about whether Facebook has grown too large and could be considered a monopoly, and how to better regulate the platform.
At times there were some weird and funny moments which concerned the seriousness of the matter. Lawmakers relied on slightly clunky metaphors, revealing anecdotes, and corny jokes. Here are some of the oddest instances during Zuckerberg’s testimony in Washington, DC.
CHOCOLATE IS BAE!
Before launching into his question, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) invoked his love of chocolate.
“I’m communicating with my friends on Facebook, and indicate that I love a certain kind of chocolate. And, all of a sudden, I start receiving advertisements for chocolate. What if I don’t want to receive those commercial advertisements?”
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE IT IF YOUR DATA WAS BREACHED, MARK?
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) turned the tables on Zuckerberg yesterday by leading him on an unusual line of questioning. “Mr. Zuckerberg, would you be comfortable sharing with us the name of the hotel you stayed in last night?” Durbin asked Zuckerberg, causing the latter to freeze up before arriving on a “no.”
“If you’ve messaged anyone this week, would you share with us the names of the people you’ve messaged?” Durbin added and Zuckerberg responded, “No, I would probably not choose to do that publicly here.” It brought home the point of why Facebook users are concerned about a data breach and an invasion of privacy.
WANT A FACEMASH BILLY?
Rather than focusing on Facebook, Rep. Billy Long (R-MO) went back in time and chose to confront Zuckerberg about Facemash, the app the CEO built 15 years ago, before he created Facebook. “What was Facemash, and is it still up and running?
SENATORS LOVES FACEBOOK!
Drifting from the topic of concern several senators expressed their affection for the social media giants and took the the opporunity to ask more benifits (surprisingly).
“My son Charlie, who’s 13, is dedicated to Instagram, so he’d want to be sure I mention him while I was here with you,” said Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO).
“I’ve got 4,900 friends on my Facebook page. I delete the haters and save room for family members and true friends on my personal page,” Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) told Zuckerberg. “I’m a proud member of Facebook, just got a post from my sister on this being National Sibling Day.”