Facebook's Zuckerberg On The Hot Seat In Washington Over Data Protection Controversy
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg underwent nearly 10 hours of public grilling over two days this week in the U.S. Congress, first before the Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committee and then before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Altogether he faced almost 600 questions from nearly 100 lawmakers, according to a New York Times story. The questions largely revolved around how Facebook handles users' data, as well as whether the social media giant should be more heavily regulated, whether it censors conservative content and how much Russia used the site to interfere with the U.S. 2016 election.
At one point Louisiana Senator John Kennedy told Zuckerberg that Facebook's user agreement "sucks," the story said.
Some observers said that Zuckerberg came away from the ordeal with some bumps and bruises, but not much more. But others described him as evasive: The Times story said he used the phrase "My team will get back to you" more than 20 times.
There also seemed to be a growing consensus that there is a need for tighter regulation of social media technology.