If you thought Mark Zuckerberg couldn’t handle the United States Congress, think again. The Facebook CEO appeared before the Congress on two consecutive days, and lived to tell the tale. Not only that, the hearings show how grossly unequipped the government is to handle privacy issues on platforms like Facebook.
Zuckerberg spent a lot of time explaining to the senators how his platform worked. In fact, at one point, one of the senators even asked him how Facebook lets users use the social network for free. Zuckerberg answered that they “serve ads”, but couldn’t help smiling at the question.
However, not all questions were basic and fruitless. Zuckerberg was unable to satisfactorily answer some of them. Yet, he didn’t give anything away either. For instance, when he was asked whether Facebook would consider changing its business model to protect the user’s privacy, Zuckerberg said he didn’t understand the question.
Similarly, he couldn’t say in yes or no, whether Facebook would default user settings towards those that don’t collect information.
The bottomline though, from the two days of questioning, is that Facebook remains as it was. The Congressional hearing told us nothing we weren’t already told.