Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg answered senators’ questions about privacy and censorship on Facebook Tuesday.
Here are some of the most noteworthy moments:
Best Marco Rubio Impression:
The tech billionaire did his best impression of Sen. Marco Rubio and his infamous water bottle when he poured himself a glass of water and took the most awkward sip ever.
— Ben Culpepper (@bculpe) April 10, 2018
Best Zuckerberg Stumping:
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz grilled Zuckerberg about Facebook’s documented censorship of conservatives, asserting that there appears to be a “pervasive pattern of political bias” on the social media platform.
Zuckerberg was left stuttering as Cruz asked him if any liberal political pages have ever been censored. (RELATED: Ted Cruz Grills Zuckerberg Over FB’s Censorship Of Conservatives)
Most Idiotic Question From A Senator:
Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, apparently unaware of how most websites make money, asked Zuckerberg, “How do you sustain a business model in which users don’t pay for your service?”
“Senator, we run ads,” Zuckerberg replied with a smirk.
“I see,” Hatch responded defeatedly.
Zuckerberg’s Most Shameless Pandering To Liberals:
The Facebook CEO started his written testimony with an obvious appeal to leftists, bragging that his platform played a key part in the organization of the #MeToo movement and the March For Our Lives gun control rally.
The pandeing continued as Zuckerberg fretted over the rise of “hate speech” and the use of Facebook for “fake news” and “foreign interference.”
Creepiest Zuckerberg Answer:
Zuckerberg announced that Facebook is working on an AI tool that would censor “hate speech” before other users report it, leaving many to wonder what exactly that tool would flag as “hate speech.” (RELATED: Mark Zuckerberg Wants To Use Artificial Intelligence To Ban ‘Hate Speech’)
“Hate speech, I’m optimistic that over a five to ten-year period we will have AI tools that can get into some of the nuances, the linguistic nuances of different types of content to be more accurate in flagging things for our systems, but today we’re just not there on that,” Zuckerberg explained.
Dumbest Zuck Answer:
When asked by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham if Facebook has a monopoly on the market, Zuckerberg declined to name any competitors. He instead replied, “it certainly doesn’t feel like that to me.”