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|Zuckerberg Deflects US Senators’ Facebook Questions, And Gets $3 Billion by Teedawg: 7:21am On Apr 11, 2018|
Mark Zuckerberg has come far since the early days of Facebook Inc., and that growth that was extremely apparent in how deftly the chief executive dealt with several hours of inscrutable questioning by U.S. senators Tuesday over the social network’s role in presidential election-meddling and the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.
Wearing a conservative suit and light blue tie, an outfit he would rarely wear in Silicon Valley, Zuckerberg sat ramrod straight in his witness chair for most of the many hours of questions. He responded to each questioner by first addressing them as senator or chair. He looked earnest and serious for almost every question, even during some of the laughable questions from some of the less tech-savvy members of the Senate, such as the one by Sen. Orrin Hatch, who asked how Facebook FB+4.5% makes money if it doesn’t charge users anything.
“Senator, we run ads,” Zuckerberg said with a smile.
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That calm response was in marked contrast to when Zuckerberg faced another type of grilling, at the All Things D conference in 2010, when he gave vague and rambling answers about Facebook’s changes to its privacy controls at the time, and had to take off his famous hoodie while wiping sweat from his face under the lights on stage.
Part of his preparedness for the Senate hearing, where he managed to repeat several core phrases that the company has been perpetuating in the media, came as a result of Facebook’s information bombardment over the past month. Some of the company’s obvious talking points have been repeated throughout the past weeks, such as how sorry Zuckerberg is (an apology also appeared in full-page newspaper ads in the U.S. and the U.K.), how much control Facebook users actually do have over their own data, how Facebook is trying to build a positive community and constant reminders of how the company started in a Harvard University dorm when he was 19.
This guy is in a hot seat
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