Mark Zuckerberg is in the hot seat. The Facebook founder is fielding questions from dozens of senators in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which revealed millions of Facebook users had their data unwittingly shared with a data analytics company working with the Trump campaign.
Facebook had known about the data sharing for years but did not reveal the extent of the leak until recently.
On Tuesday, Zuckerberg testifies before a joint session of the Senate commerce and judiciary committees, who have questions about Facebook’s role in a variety of other matters; How much of a part did the social network play in influencing the 2016 election, and how much does it know about who pays to show their ads to users?
This grilling of Zuck, though in response to the Cambridge Analytica disaster, may have far-reaching repercussions, possibly helping to usher in a new era of social network accountability, responsibility, and oversight. The days of relying on tech companies to self-regulate may be over, and Zuck’s to blame.
Naturally, Twitter had some thoughts on the matter. People were concerned that octogenarians unfamiliar with Facebook’s business model were tasked with questioning Zuckerberg— specifically citing Senator Orrin Hatch’s confusion as to how Facebook turns a profit despite its services being free.
A senator has just asked Zuckerberg how Facebook manages to make money even though it’s free, so that’s how the hearing is going so far folks
— kadhim (＾ｰ^)ノ (@kadhimshubber) April 10, 2018
Also: tweets roasting Zuck about being a non-human, which will never ever get old.
PLOT TWIST: This is who’s questioning Zuckerberg pic.twitter.com/bio62cHwo0
— Fred Delicious (@Fred_Delicious) April 10, 2018
Congressperson: Oh, i forgot my questions back in the office, ill go get them.
Mark Zuckerberg: Here, I have a copy.
— m i t h (@ManInTheHoody) April 10, 2018
“You don’t think you have a monopoly?” pic.twitter.com/cClSXSoauc
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) April 10, 2018
— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) April 10, 2018
Mark Zuckerberg should answer all his questions in binary code this afternoon
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) April 10, 2018
I mean he sucks but I can really empathize with Zuckerberg clearly being unsure what to do with his face
— Nick Wiger (@nickwiger) April 10, 2018
mark zuckerberg more like mark suck-a-turd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! am i right or am i right fellas? fellas? where my fellas at? they would love this one. fellas am i right? am i right fellas?
— miel (@miel) April 10, 2018
In response to multiple questions, Mr. Zuckerberg repeated the phrase “two weeks” before detaching his head and throwing it into the gallery. pic.twitter.com/99qONEqbL8
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) April 10, 2018
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) April 10, 2018
— James (@JamesFl) April 10, 2018