Questioning The $62 BILLION Man…

Posted April 10th, 2018 by Iron Mike

It was funny to watch – the quasi-apologetic multi-billionaire being question by old fogies who barely understand the technology themselves.  They tried hard not to look Jurassic,  in front of the young man who they’ve all taken campaign money from.

Zuckerberg was completely unruffled when shown the Facebook USER Terms of Service – over an inch thick when printed out.

I wondered what the Chinese Language Version looks like….

None of the Senators bored in on Facebook squashing Conservative postings,  – were they scared to ask…? 

Zuckerberg did reveal he “has been working with” the Mueller Special Council investigation team….

In a revealing moment of Zuckerberg’s hypocrisy he said he wouldn’t want to reveal which hotel he spent last night at.  His privacy is important – to him!

Here is Senator Ted Cruz trying to pin Zuckerberg down on Facebook’s routine smothering of Conservative posts….

 

6 Responses to “Questioning The $62 BILLION Man…”

  1. Mike O'Neill

    Ted Cruz did press the issue of suppression of conservative view points, but what I found even more interesting was his question about whether Facebook considers itself a neutral public forum or a company exercising its First Amendment rights. It seemed Zuckerberg wanted to skirt the question in order to have it both ways – to appear “neutral” but not actually be tagged a neutral public forum.

    This was one of many times where I was surprised that his team didn’t prepare him with a smoother answer.

    I do think that his act – pretending that Facebook is just about connecting people – is going to wear thin. Everyone knows that they are in business to gather data about people and then monetize that information. Saying that you don’t technically sell data is misleading.

    Oh, and falling back on “I started this in my dorm room” is not so effective, either… last time I checked he’s got 25,000 employees and $40 billion in revenue to help him now.

    Mike

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    Good analysis Mike, TY! I think half his coaching must have been on not saying something stupid or incriminating, – and the other half on how not to look arrogant and smug. He failed that second part.

    I just hope that in a hundred dorm rooms youngsters are plotting a Conservative version of Facebook, – where Liberty, Individualism, and American Values can appear without censorship.

  2. Kojack

    “Zuckerberg was completely unruffled when shown the Facebook USER Terms of Service…..”

    He knew he had nothing to worry about as he was not under oath, which is becoming a common practice when the deep state questions one of its own.

  3. Hawk1776

    I thought Zuckerberg did well. Billionaire or not, he’s only 33. He wasn’t perfect, but he handled himself well. And don’t forget that most in Congress are lawyers and many were prosecutors. Talk about swimming in a shark tank.

    Congress, on the other hand, looked outclassed. They clearly don’t understand technology, and many could barely read questions written by their staffers. Whenever Zuckerberg wanted clarification, or tried to supply background information, he was dismissed. It was a poor performance by Congress and does not bode well crafting useful legislation in an increasingly technological world.

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    B I N G O Hawk!

  4. Mike O'Neill

    I think that Zuckerberg did an outstanding job in terms of what Facebook was trying to accomplish. He got through without any big mistakes and without stirring things up more. Having the hearings be long and boring is a good thing, as far as Facebook is concerned.

    In the bigger picture, I’m not so sure it was outstanding. He didn’t do much to make people feel better about the data that Facebook collects and how it is used. People who are even a little bit technical (which rules out most of the folks questioning him!) know that he was not directly addressing the core issues. And I saw this article this morning: https://www.recode.net/2018/4/10/17220060/facebook-trust-major-tech-company

    Facebook is a market place. We are all the product. Companies & organizations pay for information about us. I’m not saying that’s good or bad; it is what it is. If people don’t trust Facebook and usage declines, business is going to suffer.

    So in the bigger picture, ending up with regular people still feeling like Facebook is doing something that’s not great even though you can’t quite define it – I don’t think that’s going to be a win for them.

    I’m not an expert here. But I know that for me, Google has a lot more data on me than Facebook does. I suspect that’s true for many of us. If people doubt Facebook, how long before they doubt Google?

    Mike

  5. Hawk1776

    I had similar thoughts today. Many of the problems mentioned were not attributable to Facebook but to the fact that the internet is not secure. Zuckerberg could have mentioned that nothing is secure on the internet, and most internet users have left a trail of personal data behind them.

  6. Jim Buba

    Ah, well, you can’t blame the advertising sector for the internet hacks… can you?