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Mark Zuckerberg: how Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez put the founder of Facebook on the ropes


Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the United States Congress to defend the development of the Libra financial platform Source: AFP

Mark Zuckerberg faces a complicated audience at the Congress of States. And among the toughest was the Democratic legislator
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

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.


Zuck Buck, the ironic way in which the US Congress refers to the cryptocurrency advocated by Mark ZuckerbergZuck Buck, the ironic way in which the US Congress refers to the cryptocurrency advocated by Mark Zuckerberg Source: Reuters

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.


Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the United States Congress to defend the development of the Libra financial platformMark Zuckerberg appeared before the United States Congress to defend the development of the Libra financial platform Source: AFP

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.