Mark Zuckerberg faces a complicated audience at the Congress of States. And among the toughest was the Democratic legislator
The head of
Facebook He appeared on Wednesday before the Financial Services Committee of the House of Representatives to defend his plans with
regarding the digital currency Libra.
But he was under attack by other problems affecting the social network, such as the non-verification of political ads and
the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.
Several lawmakers, Republicans and Democrats, said they did not trust Facebook to provide financial services to their 2400 million users given the past scandals.
Ocasio-Cortez vs. Zuckerberg
One of the most outstanding interventions was that of Ocasio-Cortez, who strongly questions
Mark Zuckerberg about some Facebook practices in the past.
"To make a decision about pound we have to try to investigate their past behavior and Facebook's behavior regarding our democracy," Ocasio-Cortez said before overflowing with Zuckerberg with questions about the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the network's decision. social not to verify political ads.
The legislator retweeted a clip of her participation transmitted by the public service C-span chain.
Ocasio-Cortez asked the founder of Facebook when he learned about Cambridge Analytica's operations, to which Zuckerberg replied that it was around March 2018.
That scandal broke out on that date after it was revealed that, through a personality test, data was collected from users that were then sold to Cambridge Analytica.
Further on there were claims that these data may have been used to try to influence the results of the 2016 presidential elections in the US. and the Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom that same year.
Ocasio-Cortez also asked about Facebook's policy to exempt political advertising from data verification.
"You recently announced that the official Facebook policy now allows politicians to pay to spread misinformation in the 2020 elections and in the future. So I just want to know how far this can take."
Zuckerberg said the platform would eliminate anyone's messages, including politicians, who called for violence or tried to contain voter participation.
However, as for the fake news, he said it was not Facebook's role to prevent "people in an election from seeing that you have lied."
"I think lying is bad and I think if you post an ad with a lie, it will be bad," Zuckerberg added.
"So eliminate or not lies? It's a simple yes or no. I'm not talking about propaganda. I'm talking about misinformation," the legislator asked, in a tense exchange.
"In most cases, in a democracy, I think people should be able to see for themselves what the politicians say they can vote for or not."
"So you don't eliminate them? You can point out that it's wrong, but don't you eliminate them?" The legislator asked again.
"It depends on the context in which it appears. Organic publications, announcements," Zuckerberg replied.
The statements left many representatives dissatisfied. In the words of Democrat Maxine Waters, president of the committee: "It will be beneficial for everyone that Facebook focuses on addressing its many deficiencies and failures before continuing with the project."