Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg and United States senators inspire endless memes

Mr. Zuckerberg goes to Washington Facebook chief's first day of testimony on Capitol Hill

Mr. Zuckerberg goes to Washington Facebook chief's first day of testimony on Capitol Hill

"2018 is an incredibly important year for elections not just with the United States midterms, but around the world".

He said: "There are a great many Americans who I will say are deeply concerned that Facebook and other tech companies are engaged in a pervasive pattern of bias and political censorship".

Investors were impressed with his initial performance.

Following his statements, Facebook shares surged 4.5% for the day, its biggest gain in two years.

On Monday, the social network began notifying 87 million users that their information was likely shared with Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm that worked for Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

But it's not only the USA elections that may have been affected.

He also said Facebook did not do enough to tackle "fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy".

The crowded Senate hearing was not without theatrics, although most was from the audience, like an activist dressed in costume as a Russian internet "troll".

There are some questions that seem to leave even Zuckerberg perplexed.

"Wrap it up, Grandpa Grassley", tweeted one user to the judiciary committee chairman, who was deep into his first term in the Senate when Mr Zuckerberg was born in 1984.

During Tuesday's hearing, 44 senators will each have four minutes to question the embattled face of Facebook. But some senators did provoke a reaction.

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In the first of two marathon meeting with the senate, Zuckerberg also said Facebook didn't alert the Federal Trade Commission, and that the company was prepared to handle the situation differently today.

Numerous Senators on the panel did, however, question whether users were giving informed consent; in other words, whether they knew what they were agreeing to.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress. "Since the 2016 election, there have been several important elections around the world where it has had a better record".

"In principle, I think that that makes sense, and the details matter, and I look forward to having our team work with you on fleshing that out", Zuckerberg said. He also says the company is investigating every app that had access to a large amount of information before the company moved to prevent such access in 2014 - something that came too late in the Cambridge Analytica case. Both the parties have denied hiring Cambridge Analytica.

The revelation on data mishandling "has exposed that consumers may not fully understand or appreciate the extent to which their data is collected, protected, transferred, used and misused", Grassley said. It speaks to the responsibility that Facebook has historically felt regarding policing content on its platform - or, more accurately, the lack thereof.

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