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DAY TWO: The Best And Worst Of Zuckerberg Vs. Congress

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg completed his second day of congressional testimony on Wednesday, and the entertaining moments continued to pile up.

We’ve recapped the best moments for you right here.

Spoiler alert: congressmen still don’t really know how the internet works and Zuckerberg is still definitely a half-man half-robot.

Most Heated Line Of Questioning: 

Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn brought some fire to Wednesday’s testimony by pushing Zuckerberg to support a piece of internet privacy legislation that she is sponsoring.

“I can’t let you filibuster right now,” Blackburn said when Zuckerberg tried to dodge her question. “OK, let’s get familiar with the details…The Browser Act is 13 pages, so you can easily become familiar with it, and we would appreciate your help.” (RELATED: Blackburn Pushes Zuckerberg To Commit To Internet Privacy Legislation)

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Spiciest Zuck Answer: 

Mark Zuckerberg called a leader of Barack Obama’s campaign’s digital team a liar Wednesday over her suggestion that Facebook supported Obama in the 2008 election.

“Congressman, we didn’t allow the Obama campaign to do anything that any developer on the platform wouldn’t have otherwise been able to do,” Zuckerberg said.

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Rep. Steve Scalise asked, “So she was making an inaccurate statement in your point of view?”

“Yes,” Zuckerberg replied. (RELATED: WHOA — Mark Zuckerberg Calls Obama Digital Team Head A Liar)

Best Use Of The Race Card: 

Rep. G.K. Butterfield questioned Zuckerberg on diversity, asking the Facebook CEO what his plans were for hiring more minorities. (RELATED: Congressman Presses Zuckerberg On Diversity: ‘What Will You Do To Retain Black Workers?’ [VIDEO])

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Stupidest Moment:

Republican Rep. Morgan Griffith referring to Facebook as “The Facebook” was the perfect example of congressmen being out of touch with technology.

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Biggest Suck Up: 

Rep. Chris Collins told the billionaire that he “truly” is doing good.

“I’ve said I was interviewed by a couple of folks in the break and I said y’know as I’m listening to you today I’m quite confident that you truly are doing good,” Collins said. “You believe in what you’re doing–2.2 billion people are using your platform.”

Most Passionate Defense Of Conservatives: 

Republican Rep. Steve Scalise made Zuckerberg sweat when he asked about Facebook’s content algorithm being biased against conservatives. Scalise deftly pointed out that a study showed the algorithm was far more favorable to liberal content, and insisted that Zuckerberg talk to whoever programmed the algorithm to figure out if they injected any political bias.

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