Members of Congress can’t possibly regulate Facebook: They don’t understand it

Members of Congress can’t possibly regulate Facebook: They don’t understand it

[Ed. – Like they have a firm grasp on half the thing they regulate.]

The senators and the Facebook founder spoke different languages, and there was no simultaneous translation.

Born long before the digital era took hold, the mostly gray-haired members of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees came to grill Mark Zuckerberg, the errant 33-year-old CEO who came before them in his uncustomary suit and periwinkle tie on Tuesday afternoon.

And for very good reason, since Facebook — where billions of people all over the world get their news, whether true or false — has been in­cred­ibly irresponsible and cavalier with users’ personal information. That was made clear last month in the blockbuster news that Facebook had allowed the detailed personal data of perhaps 87 million users to get into the hands of a data firm, Cambridge Analytica, bent on electing Donald Trump as president.

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But what happened at the hearing instead was mostly a gentle, respectful tutorial from Zuckerberg on how the giant social media platform works.

“It would be cool to see Zuckerberg questioned by people who know how Facebook works,” tweeted Dan Pfeiffer, co-host of Pod Save America.

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