The committees will question Zuckerberg about the company’s handling of user data, particularly as it pertains to the scandal surrounding how data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica was able to target ads based off the Facebook data of around 87 million us
CAIRO – 10 April 2018: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today is testifying before a joint session of two Senate committees in Washington as he looks to fend off the possibility of new regulations as a result of the privacy scandal engulfing his social network.
The U.S. Senate's Commerce and Judiciary committees, consisting of a total 44 senators, are allotted around five minutes for each senator.
Hours before the hearing, people waited in a line inside the Hart Senate Office Building, set off by velvet ropes, stretching from the briefing room down a corridor. Some brought folding chairs, while others stood or sat on the floor, according to Reuters.
Facebook has been facing a crisis of confidence among its users and investors after acknowledging that up to 87 million people, mostly in the United States, had their personal information harvested from the site by Cambridge Analytica
, a political consultancy that has counted U.S. President Donald Trump's election campaign among its clients.
To ease the way, Zuckerberg on Monday met some lawmakers privately, listening to their concerns before they will have a chance to interrogate him in public.
Egypt Today provides its readers with live moments of the interrogation of the 33-year-old internet mogul in Washington; stay tuned.
Dozens of cardboard cutouts of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are seen during an Avaaz.org protest outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
Dozens of cardboard cutouts of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are seen during an Avaaz.org protest outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
People wait in line to see Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testify before the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees in the Hart Senate Office Building.
People wait in line to see Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testify before the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
"In an hour I’m going to testify in front of the Senate about how Facebook needs to take a broader view of our responsibility -- not just to build tools, but to make sure those tools are used for good. I will do everything I can to make Facebook a place where everyone can stay closer with the people they care about, and to make sure it's a positive force in the world," Zuckerberg on Facebook.
Protesters from Avaaz.org set up dozens of cardboard cut-outs of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg outside of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington.
Chelsea Hornick-Becker of Avaaz.org holds a protest sign in front of dozens of cardboard cut-outs of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg outside of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Zuckerberg walks into the packed hearing room wearing a suit.
Zuckerberg walks into the packed hearing room wearing a suit
Facebook CEO Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a U.S. Senate joint hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees joint hearing regarding the company’s use and protection of user data, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
Senator John Thune opens the session with a brief overview of the Cambridge Analytica issue.
Senator Thune says that Facebook's "incredible reach" and what Zuckerberg described as a "breach of trust" is the cause for the hearing. "The fact that those 87 million people may have technically consented to making their data available doesn't make most people feel any better," Thune said.
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