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Here are the good, bad, and awkward moments of Zuckerberg's testimony before Congress

The Facebook CEO spoke for hours without saying a lot.

by Alex Lubben
Apr 11 2018, 1:25pm

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook and person who has has facial expressions, sat on a high chair in Congress today and was asked a bunch of a questions, some of which he answered.

Lawmakers grilled the 33-year-old CEO on the social media platform he created. Prompted by a series of public debacles over the last year — from the fake news crisis to the revelation that Cambridge Analytica, a marketing company that worked on behalf of the Trump campaign, had harvested millions of users’ data without their knowledge — Congress convened a marathon two day-long sessions to figure out what in the world is going on with the Facebook.

Zuckerberg, well-coached by his team of advisers, did well, at least by investors’ standards. The company’s stock shot up nearly 5 percent Tuesday.

That doesn’t mean things didn’t get awkward.

Zuck sat on a comfy cushion

Not only was he comfy — Zuckerberg, who is five foot seven, also got to look a little taller on television.

No one reads the Terms of Service

They’re way too long, Zuckerberg admitted to Congress today. But he said Facebook is committed to figuring out how to communicate the information to consumers by some means other than a long document full of legalese.

Fake accounts can't happen, Zuck tells legislator complaining of fake accounts

Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat from Delaware, told Zuckerberg that, just that morning, he’d discovered a fake account, of himself. Someone was impersonating him on the platform. The Senator flagged it, and by midday it was scrubbed from Facebook. Coons worried that, had he not been a Senator, that it might have taken Facebook longer to fix the issue.

In response, Zuckerberg claimed that users are “not allowed to have a fake account on Facebook."

Lindsey Graham presses Facebook on whether it has a monopoly

Graham’s question is both not a bad one — there is no product on the market quite like Facebook, though there are obviously other social media platforms out there. But Graham comparing Facebook to a carmaker belies failure to understand the basics of how the internet and social media platforms work.

“The average American uses eight different apps to communicate,” Zuck explained.

“You don’t think you have a monopoly,” Graham pressed.

“It certainly doesn’t feel like that to me,” Zuckerberg responded.

Then Graham, again letting slide that he knows nothing about Facebook, asked the Facebook CEO to submit proposals to Congress about how to regulate Facebook. Zuckerberg, of course, said he would.

Sen. Dick Durbin explains why they're all here today

Durbin, the Democrat from Illinois, asked Zuckerberg if he’d be comfortable sharing what he hotel he stayed in last night. Zuck, confused, said no.

Zuck answered awkwardly when asked about his cooperation with the special counsel

Yes, Zuckerberg said, Facebook is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller. How, or when, or in what capacity still remains unclear.

Zuck’s face while Grassley spoke

Chuck Grassley, the Republican from Iowa, is a Senator who has a good relationship with the internet. He likes to post pictures of his vacuum cleaner on Instagram, and really hates the History Channel, cause there’s never any history on it. When he got an iPhone in 2012, he tweeted about it.

Before Zuckerberg was an old person himself, he often said “Never trust anyone over 30." And Zuck did not look happy to be listening to the 84-year-old curmudgeon of a Senator Grassley on Tuesday.

Cover image: WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 10: Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Zuckerberg, 33, was called to testify after it was reported that 87 million Facebook users had their personal information harvested by Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm linked to the Trump campaign. Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

This article originally appeared on VICE News US.

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