Does getting grilled by Congress really matter?

Phil Briggs
April 11, 2018 - 1:19 pm

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Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, is being grilled by Congress. He was questioned by Senators on Tuesday, as he appeared before the Senate Committees on Judiciary and Commerce and Science and Transportation. Today, he appears before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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Lawmakers questioned Mr. Zuckerberg over his company’s handling of user data and focused on the platform’s privacy settings, but the question remains- will anything change?

The Guardian offered one of the best descriptions of Tuesday’s hearing, “Part of the problem was the clear ignorance, if not befuddlement, in the face of technology displayed by most of the senators, many of whom are of a ripe vintage. At times Zuckerberg resembled the polite teenager who visits his grandparents, only to spend the afternoon showing them how to turn on the wifi.” 

The lawmakers ability to change how Facebook does business seems doubtful. In fact, the tech giant has proven it pretty much does whatever it wants. 

Just last month Facebook admitted to Connecting Vets they blocked our content, even though it did not violate their policy.

Here is the notice they originally sent us, after we attempted to promote an article about firing an AR-15 at a gun range.

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Here is an excerpt from our conversation with their Public Relations Department, after being rejected twice:

Whether or not these Congressional hearings were productive (or even neccesary) remains to be seen. 

Ultimately Facebook users all accept the terms of use, and regardless of how anyone feels- they are legally allowed to dig through the data users agree to give them, and control what is seen and shared. 

However, based on our expereience, we're certain they will continue to reject the content "they don’t like" ... and lawmakers lack the power (and understanding) to change it.

Read also: "Is Facebook blocking posts about guns?"

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