When Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., asked Zuckerberg whether he was willing to change Facebook’s business model to make user privacy paramount, Zuckerberg said he “is not sure what that means.”
While all eyes were on Zuckerberg, two other stars of the hearing weren’t even in the room.
Diamond and Silk, two sisters known for their lively online videos supporting President Donald Trump, were brought up several times throughout the hearing. The duo’s videos were recently reclassified as being “unsafe” for the Facebook community, something their supporters said amounts to censorship.
Rep. Billy Long, R-Mo., brought out a poster of the sisters and read a question he said they had sent him to ask Zuckerberg.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., told Zuckerberg: “Let me tell you something right now — Diamond and Silk is not terrorism.”
Zuckerberg said Facebook had made a mistake in limiting the reach of the videos.
In his opening statement, Zuckerman echoed sentiments he expressed on Tuesday and has been stressing on his apology tour.
“It was my mistake and I’m sorry,” he said, before launching into his talking points about how Facebook needs to take a “broader view” of its responsibility and how he plans to do better.
On Tuesday, Zuckerberg told senators that Facebook had notified the Trump and Clinton presidential campaigns of attempts by Russian government hackers to compromise their accounts.
Robby Mook, who was Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, tweeted that the Clinton campaign was never notified of these attempts by Facebook.
In a rare moment of bipartisanship, Brad Parscale, who worked as Trump’s digital director in 2016 and is serving as his campaign manager for his 2020 re-election effort, sided with Mook.