Frank Pallone to Mark Zuckerberg: ‘I don’t have much faith in corporate America.’

We have video from Rep. Frank Pallone from today’s hearing with Mark Zuckerberg at House Energy & Commerce, where he is Ranking Member. Energy & Commerce has broad jurisdiction, with a subcommittee on Communications & Technology. CD7 Republican Leonard Lance is subcommittee vice-chair.

Today’s hearing was the full committee, and continues Zuckerberg’s hours in the hot seat following news that Cambridge Analytica, a political firm hired by the Trump campaign, got access to the private information of more than 50 million Americans through Facebook. Cambridge is funded by Robert Mercer, the billionaire computer scientist and entrepreneur who was also the money behind Trump’s campaign, Breitbart News, and the Brexit movement in the UK. Steve Bannon, whose fingerprints are all over both the Trump campaign and his first year in office, is also deeply tied to Cambridge. He was  board vice-president.

Yesterday’s Zuck questions in the Senate were characterized by aging lions who don’t seem to grasp how the interwebs work, like 84-year-old Orrin Hatch asking how Facebook sustains a business model where users don’t pay? Zuckerberg, smirking: “… Senator, we sell ads.” *** 

Today in the House, he’s getting tougher questions from folks who seem to know a little bit more, about the basics if not how and why Zuckerberg left Facebook open to plundering. I can tell you Frank Pallone uses Facebook; I frequently share informal live-streams where he (well, probably staff) logs on in his office, he talks for a while, then answers questions posted by those watching.

Here’s the memo outlining today’s hearing. Below, 2 short videos (less than 5 min. each); Pallone’s remarks, then his Q & A with Facebook’s founder. Click the bar in lower right to adjust sound.

I am about to address my concerns over the Cambridge Analytica scandal with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Watch Live:

Posted by Frank Pallone Jr. on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

I’m questioning Mark Zuckerberg about my concerns with the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Watch live here:

Posted by Frank Pallone Jr. on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

 

*** By the way, Orrin Hatch is chair of the Republican High Tech Task Force …

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