Facebook Hearing: “Mr Zuckerberg Is Going Sailing”
It would appear that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is hoping that a hefty dose of lawyers and some snarky public relations will silence the explosive claims of whistleblower Frances Haugen.
As Haugen testifies before Senate, Zuckerberg has instead chosen to avoid the whole mess, choosing to go on vacation during this pivotal time in his company’s checkered history.
Senator Richard Blumenthal used his opening remarks to call upon Zuckerberg to return to Congress and testify in person.
“Rather than taking responsibility and showing leadership, Mr. Zuckerberg is going sailing,” Blumenthal said.
He also stated bluntly that Facebook “has put profits ahead of people”, and is well aware that its own algorithm is causing insecurity in younger users.
“I hope we will discuss whether there is such a thing as a safe algorithm,” he said.
Facebook released a statement after the hearing, attempting to discredit Haugen.
“Today a Senate Commerce subcommittee held a hearing with a former product manager at Facebook who worked for the company for less than two years, had no direct reports, never attended a decision-point meeting with C-level executives — and testified more than six times to not working on the subject matter in question.”
“We don’t agree with her characterisation of the many issues she testified about.
“Despite all this, we agree on one thing; it’s time to begin to create standard rules for the internet.”
Facebook then turned the blame onto Congress, arguing that the loose standards companies like Facebook are held to are the fault of Congress itself. Unbelievable!
“It’s been 25 years since the rules for the internet have been updated, and instead of expecting the industry to make societal decisions that belong to legislators, it is time for Congress to act.”