Facebook Weirdo Mark Zuckerberg's Notes for his Senate Hearing are Comical


How simplistic is Facebook weirdo Mark Zuckerberg? His notes for the senate hearing included:

“Founded Facebook. My decisions. I made mistakes. Big challenge but we’ve solved problems before. Going to solve this one,” the notes read.

The notes also included a section slapping back at comments made by Apple CEO Tim Cook, a fierce Facebook critic.

The Apple chief was asked last month what he would do if he were confronted with the problems facing Facebook after the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

“I wouldn’t be in this situation,” Cook responded, infuriating Zuckerberg.

Cook’s comments didn’t come up at the Senate hearing — but Zuckerberg was armed with answers just in case they did.

“Lots of stories about apps misusing Apple data, never seen Apple notify people,” his notes said, under a section labeled “Tim Cook on biz model.”

“Important you hold everyone to the same standard.”

The talking points also addressed the myriad scandals confronting the social media giant and the recommended responses.

“Election integrity (Russia)?”: “Too slow, making progress.”

“Data safety?”: “Made mistakes, working hard to fix them.”

SMH. Here's the full transcript.

Cambridge Analytica

- Breach of trust; sorry we let it happen; took steps in 2014 to stop it happening again.

- Quiz app designed by Cambridge University researcher named Aleksandr Kogan.

- People who used app gave Kogan FB information like public profile, page likes, friend list + birthday; same for friends’ whose settings allowed sharing; NO credit card/SSN info.

- Kogan sold to CA in violation of our terms; when we found out, told them to delete data.

- Confirmed they had — now seems untrue. Should have done more to audit + tell people.

- Didn’t think enough about abuse; rethinking every part of our relationship with people.

Compensation

- Important issue but no credit card information or SSN shared.

- People gave Kogan access to Facebook information like their public profile, page likes, friend list, birthday; same for friends’ whose settings allowed sharing.

- 2014 changes mean it couldn’t happen now; restricted apps’ access to data even further.

Reverse lookup (scraping)

- Found out about abuse two weeks ago, shut it down.

- Useful to find someone by phone number/email; if people have the same name.

- Malicious actors linked public info (name, profile photo, gender, user ID) to phone numbers they already had; shut it down. Need to do more to prevent abuse.

Accountability

- Fire people for CA?: It’s about how we designed the platform. That was my responsibility. Not going to throw people under the bus.

- Do you ever fire anyone?: Yes; hold people accountable all the time; not going to go into specifics.

- Resign?: Founded Facebook. My decisions. I made mistakes. Big challenge, but we’ve solved problems before, going to solve this one. Already taking action.

- No accountability for MZ?: Accountable to you, to employees, to people who use FB.

Data safety:

- I use FB every day, so does my family, invest a lot in security.

- Made mistakes, working hard to fix them.

- Giving people more controls, just yesterday stated showing people their app controls.

Business model (ads)

- Want FB to be a service that everyone can use, has to be free, can only do that with ads.

- Key for me is mission — helping people connect. Business model supports that mission.

- Let’s be clear: Facebook doesn’t sell data. You own your information. We give you controls.

- People know [...] need ads; tell us if they have to see ads, want them to be relevant.

[...]/wellbeing

- Facebook [...] not time spent; time spent fell 5% Q4; pivot to MSI.

- [...]ssesm[..] to communicate with kids; MK gives parents control.

- [...] like N[...] have commercial ads. We have no plans to do so.

Defend Facebook

- [If attacked: Respectfully, I reject that. Not who we are.]

- Billions people globally use FB every day to connect to the people that matter.

- Families reconnected, people met and gotten married, movements organized, tens of millions of SMBs now have better tools to grow and create jobs.

- More work to do, but can’t lose sight of all the ways people are using FB for good.

Tim Cook on biz model

- Bezos: “Companies that work hard to charge you more and companies that work hard to charge you less.”

- At FB, we try hard to charge you less. In fact, we’re free.

- [On data, we’re similar. When you install an app on your iPhone, you give it access to some information, just like when you login with FB.

- Lots of stories about apps misusing Apple data, never seen Apple notify people.

- Important you hold everyone to the same standard.]

Disturbing content

- It’s very disturbing; and sadly we do see bad things on Facebook.

- Should have no place on our service; community standards prohibit hate, bullying, terror.

- Working to be more proactive; AI, hiring more people e.g. terror, e.g. suicide.

- Will never be perfect; but making huge investments.

Election integrity (Russia)

- Too slow, making progress. France, Germany, Alabama.

- Midterms are important, but not just in the US — Brazil, Mexico, Hungary.

- Just announced committee of academics to commission independent research on social media on democracy.

Diversity

- Silicon valley has a problem, and Facebook is part of the problem.

- Personally care about making progress; long way to go [3% African American, 5% Hispanics].

Competition

- Consumer choice: consumers have lots of choice over how they spend their time

- Small part of ad market: advertisers have choices too — $650 billion market, we have 6%.

- Break up FB?: US tech companies key asset for America, break up strengthens Chinese companies.

GDPR (Don’t say we already do what GDPR requires)

- People deserve good privacy tools and controls wherever they live.

- We build everything to be transparent and give people control. GDPR does a few things:

- Provides control over data use — what we’ve done for a few years.

- Requires consent — done a little bit, now doing more in Europe and around the world.

- Get special consent for sensitive things e.g. facial recognition.

- Support privacy legislation that is practical, puts people in control and allows for innovation.



Hmmmm, no notes on the smiling directive.

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