Ad-Free, Paid Version of Facebook Possible: Zuckerberg to Senators

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday testified before the Congress. Highlights from Zuckerberg’s testimony.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the US Senate hearing.
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Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday navigated through the first of two US congressional hearings without making any further promises to support new legislation or change how the social network does business.

Snapshot
  • Facebook could have an ad-free paid version app, which will co-exist with the free version
  • Facebook is a neutral platform that doesn’t endorse a political party in particular
  • Aleksandr Kogan has sold data of Facebook users to more firms
  • Facebook admits to have made ethnical blemishes on its platform, spreading communal violence
  • Will make sure elections in India and Hungary are not affected by misuse of Facebook
  • Facebook deletes data of users, the moment they delete the app
4:51 AM , 11 Apr

Coming to the End of the Hearing

After a grueling five hour session, Mark Zuckerberg seems to have answered pretty much everything that the Senators had to throw at him. Having said that, the work for Facebook towards its redemption has just started, and these hearings are primarily raising need for Facebook to be regulated, for its own good.

And that’s the final statement before the hearing is adjourned for the day. Thanks for joining us and braving this marathon session.

4:16 AM , 11 Apr
KEY EVENT

Zuckerberg Admits Kogan Sold Data to More Firms

After a long hiatus during the hearing, Mark Zuckerberg has finally admitted that Aleksandr Kogan sold Facebook’s data to multiple firms, including Eunoia. He refrained from naming others, but assured the senator that his full statement will comprise of the other firms.

3:59 AM , 11 Apr
KEY EVENT

Facebook's User Agreement Sucks

Well, that’s what senator Kennedy has gently said in front of all the senators at the hearing, including Mark Zuckerberg. He also believes that multiple bills need to be put into the legislation to control the functioning of Facebook and its policies. Zuckerberg didn’t seem to agree with that, but that’s how it has been for the Facebook CEO all evening.

3:46 AM , 11 Apr

The 4-Hour long Hearing Continues After the Break

Mark Zuckerberg makes his way back to the seat for another round of grilling from the Senators. Now, Senator Tillis is asking Zuckerberg to jot down and broaden the timeline of Facebook since its origin in 2007, to what happened with Cambridge Analytica in 2015.

He asks, if other high-profile applications have been looked into by Facebook, that could possibly have played a role during the Obama regime. He claims that Facebook, in its current capacity cannot function without a regulatory measure in place. Without asking Mark Zuckerberg any question, Tellis seems to have made his point, and that’s about it.


Published: 10 Apr 2018, 11:29 PM IST