"How can consumers have control over their data when Facebook does not have control over the data?" asked Representative Frank Pallone of New Jersey, the ranking Democrat on the Energy and Commerce committee. And as he has sat there answering questions, everyone else has been venting their frustrations.
On Tuesday, Zuckerberg promised to better protect Facebook users.
Zuckerberg revealed in the hearing Wednesday that his own data was exposed as well.
"You're collecting data about people who are not even on Facebook..." I'd like to point out they're African-American.
Facebook's stock was up about 2 per cent even before Zuckerberg sat down. Rather than putting a dent in his well-prepared armor, two days of unfocused questioning helped Zuckerberg restore more than $25 billion in market value that the company has lost since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke in mid-March.
Rep. Tony Carednas, D-Calif., brought up the announcement of Tayler leaving the CEO post to Zuckerberg as the Facebook chief testified before the House committee on Tuesday.
Yes, numerous illustrious senators and representatives assembled devoted their limited minutes with the CEO of one of the biggest companies in the United States to addressing some very simple elements of how Facebook works (which is lucky for Zuckerberg because he had to concentrate most of his energy on modulating his face in the very natural way that humans do).
Addressing these privacy concerns, Senator Dick Durbin asked Zuckerberg if he would be comfortable sharing the name of the hotel where he was staying.
The app was created by Aleksander Kogan and was able to access both personal and public information. Just click this link (make sure you are logged in to your Facebook account first) and you'll be taken to the "How can I tell if my info was shared with Cambridge Analytica?" page, where you can also update the privacy settings on your account.
2007: "We simply did a bad job".
Mike Doyle, a Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania, accused Facebook of "turning a blind eye" to developers' abuses because it was more concerned with attracting apps to its platform than protecting users.
"There is a real trust gap here. And that goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy".
Facebook on Monday said: "Our goals are to understand Facebook's impact on upcoming elections - like Brazil, India, Mexico and the U.S. midterms - and to inform our future product and policy decisions".
To which Zuckerberg replied "yes". "We've had a review process for apps for years".
Zuckerberg says he believes it is "inevitable" that there will be regulation of his industry.
In addition to providing information for lawmakers to use to craft legislation, the high-profile hearings provided a chance for members of Congress to garner some attention for themselves.
Although it was not visible to members of Congress seated in front of the Facebook creator, it was easy to see from rear and side camera angles, which were shown to those tuning in online and on TV.
Zuckerberg clearly admitted to mistakes and took responsibility. He said he was not opposed to Congress introducing new laws to govern the company, but fended off attempts to pin him down on details.