Want to watch Mark Zuckerberg testify before Congress? We’ve got just the thing.
Today, and tomorrow, Mr. Zuckerberg goes to Washington – his first appearance before Congressional lawmakers.
There’s a lot of ground to cover – Facebook’s role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the company’s shifting privacy policies, as well as that whole Russian disruption of American democracy thing.
Want to watch it? Or just want a sneak peek of what’s to come? We’ve got everything you need to know right here.
How do I watch Zuckerberg testify?
If you want to watch today’s Senate hearing, you can stream the Judiciary Committee’s live footage here. The big show starts at 2:15pm ET.
Tomorrow’s sit-down with the House Energy and Commerce Committee begins at 10am ET. You can stream it here.
What can we expect?
Zuckerberg has been clearly trying to curry favor with legislators ahead of his meetings. On Friday, he announced that every political advertiser on the platform will need to go through identity and location verification checks.
Additionally, he came out in support of the Honest Ads Act, bipartisan legislation currently pending in the Senate that would ensure “reasonable efforts” were made to confirm ads are not purchased by foreign countries.
Watch for Zuckerberg’s interactions with Senator Ted Cruz, who sits on the Judiciary Committee – his 2016 presidential campaign hired Cambridge Analytica, and very possibly still holds much of their data.
Wednesday’s meeting with House does feature some spoilers ahead – his prepared testimony has been released by the House.
“We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility,” Zuckerberg intends to say, “and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here.”
How are Facebook employees handling all of this?
According to the Wall Street Journal (paywall), it’s “no big deal”.
“After Mr. Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg addressed workers,” they write, “the attitude shifted… The collective feeling became ‘this too shall pass,’ said one former employee who remains in touch with a number of current workers.
I need more.
Then check out this excellent piece from MIT’s Technology Review on the lasting impact of the Cambridge Analytica model.
And if you want to see how the older generation handled it, check out some footage from Bill Gates’ appearance before Congress in 1998, defending Microsoft against accusations of holding monopoly power.
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