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How to watch Zuckerberg sweat before Congress, live

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to testify before Congress to answer questions from lawmakers about how his company handles the data of its over 2 billion users. The move comes in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which data from around 87 million users was improperly obtained and utilized by the shady firm to influence the 2016 US presidential election.

This will be the Facebook CEO's first-ever official appearance before federal lawmakers. While Facebook has been previously criticized by the FTC for its disregard for user privacy, pressure from authorities following the Cambridge Analytica scandal has now become too great to ignore. Zuckerberg will testify first in the Senate, and then the next day in the House.

Here's exactly when and where Zuckerberg will testify:

  • Tuesday, April 10 at 2:15 p.m. ET, before a rare joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees.
  • Wednesday, April 11 at 10 a.m. ET, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Watch Zuckerberg's testimony live 

Tuesday - Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committee

For Tuesday's hearing, the Senate Judiciary appears not to have scheduled an official video broadcast. However, CNET will be running a livestream of the event on its YouTube channel, which you can check below.

 

Wednesday - the House Energy and Commerce Committee

Wednesday's hearing will be broadcast live from the Energy and Commerce Committee's own YouTube channel, in the video below:

On the House Energy and Commerce Committee's official website, you can also see the written statements and official correspondence between the committee and the Facebook CEO.

The documents provide a timeline of how Facebook got to the point where it landed in this hotseat, pressing Zuckerberg to explain how it let Cambridge Analytica get away with scraping so much data without user consent.

But that's not all that Zuckerberg will be grilled on. For example, he'll have to explain how Russia's Internet Research Agency reached millions of Americans with targeted propaganda, despite a relatively small amount of money spent on ads.

While Zuckerberg will have to apologize for the past, his more important mission will be to convince people to trust Facebook in the future. More crucially,  Zuckerberg must convince lawmakers, who have the power to regulate Facebook, not to impose anything too onerous that might harm the company's bottom line.

If there is to be regulation, Zuckerberg will no doubt want a strong hand in shaping it himself, and to do that, he'll need to win hearts and minds in his Congressional hearings.

Will you be watching Zuckerberg testify before Congress? Do you expect that Facebook will face regulation?

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  • Mark Zuckerberg is no scapegoat! Facebook is only the beginning .... I'm sure Google, Twitter, Apple, etc - any technology, search engine, social media relevant to using your personal interests / information should eventually come forward before Congress (my only question is will Government regulations take away freedom of speech online?).


    • The difference it intent. FB exists to harvest and sell data. Google uses it within their ecosystem. Apple charges more per device to keep data private.


  • Mike 3 months ago Link to comment

    Nothing but a show for the general population. He's acting like he's sorry, and Congress acts like they care. Behind closed doors they're all best buddies.


  • Sorin 3 months ago Link to comment

    It was an interesting show, one of the rare occasions to see Mark dressed in his suit. This time, he had to answer a number of questions, even if the answers provided were not exactly what they expected. By using general terms, to circumvent the answer, he has understood that he is not willing to offer any information.
    It is obvious that any business is based on certain mechanisms that do not necessarily have to be made public. Overall, Mark did well in the ring. Moments of embarrassment, quite a lot, were as clear as either he or he does not want to answer.
    On this occasion, we did not find out new things, something we did not know until now, but some hesitations mean that at least some rumors are confirmed.
    It would seem like an interesting thing to appear more often in front of Congress.


  • Mark
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    3 months ago Link to comment

    "How to watch Zuckerberg sweat before Congress, live", or do You mean "watch Zuckerberg make congress sweat, live" when he reveals all the info he has on them


  • Boy, his "handlers" sure did "teach" him well on how to respond to questions.


  • He's doing very well, prepared and articulate, which doesn't at all mean that this won't become the cigarette addiction Senate hearing for social media.