The committees will question Zuckerberg about the company’s handling of user data, particularly as it pertains to the scandal surrounding how data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica was able to target ads based off the Facebook data of around 87 million us The committees will question Zuckerberg about the company’s handling of user data, particularly as it pertains to the scandal surrounding how data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica was able to target ads based off the Facebook data of around 87 million us

LIVE UPDATE: Facebook CEO Zuckerberg testifies in Senate hearing

Tue, Apr. 10, 2018
CAIRO – 10 April 2018: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today is testifying before a joint session of two Senate committees in Washington as he looks to fend off the possibility of new regulations as a result of the privacy scandal engulfing his social network.

The U.S. Senate's Commerce and Judiciary committees, consisting of a total 44 senators, are allotted around five minutes for each senator.

Hours before the hearing, people waited in a line inside the Hart Senate Office Building, set off by velvet ropes, stretching from the briefing room down a corridor. Some brought folding chairs, while others stood or sat on the floor, according to Reuters.

Facebook has been facing a crisis of confidence among its users and investors after acknowledging that up to 87 million people, mostly in the United States, had their personal information harvested from the site by Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that has counted U.S. President Donald Trump's election campaign among its clients.

To ease the way, Zuckerberg on Monday met some lawmakers privately, listening to their concerns before they will have a chance to interrogate him in public.

Egypt Today provides its readers with live moments of the interrogation of the 33-year-old internet mogul in Washington; stay tuned.




18:01 - Dozens of cardboard cutouts of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are seen during an Avaaz.org protest outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

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Dozens of cardboard cutouts of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are seen during an Avaaz.org protest outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

19:19 - People wait in line to see Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testify before the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees in the Hart Senate Office Building.

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People wait in line to see Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testify before the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

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20:15"In an hour I’m going to testify in front of the Senate about how Facebook needs to take a broader view of our responsibility -- not just to build tools, but to make sure those tools are used for good. I will do everything I can to make Facebook a place where everyone can stay closer with the people they care about, and to make sure it's a positive force in the world," Zuckerberg on Facebook.

20:24 - Protesters from Avaaz.org set up dozens of cardboard cut-outs of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg outside of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington.

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Chelsea Hornick-Becker of Avaaz.org holds a protest sign in front of dozens of cardboard cut-outs of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg outside of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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20:30 - Zuckerberg walks into the packed hearing room wearing a suit.

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Zuckerberg walks into the packed hearing room wearing a suit

20:42 - Facebook CEO Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a U.S. Senate joint hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees joint hearing regarding the company’s use and protection of user data, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

2:45 - Senator John Thune opens the session with a brief overview of the Cambridge Analytica issue.

2:47 Senator Thune says that Facebook's "incredible reach" and what Zuckerberg described as a "breach of trust" is the cause for the hearing. "The fact that those 87 million people may have technically consented to making their data available doesn't make most people feel any better," Thune said.

20:57 Facebook INC CEO Mark Zuckerberg begins giving testimony in U.S. Congressional hearing

21:04 Zuckerberg says Facebook audit of outside App developers may cover ‘Tens of Thousands of Apps’

21:07 Facebook Shares hit session high of $164.04, highest level since March 23

21:09 Zuckerberg: “I am sorry for abuses of user accccounts”

21:14 Zuckerberg says overwhelming feedback of Facebook users is that they prefer Ads relevant to them over irrelevant ones

21:16 Zuckerberg says Facebbok did not notify US FTC in 2015 when it learned of Cambridge Analytica data harvesting

21:22 Zuckerberg says Cyber battle with Russia “An Arms Race”

21:27 Zuckerberg : “There will always be a version of Facebook that is free”

21:29 Zuckerberg: “We provided support for Donald Trump’s campaign the way we support any Ads”

21:31 Zuckerberg says in response to question that he is not aware of PALANTIR technologies scraping data from Facebook

21:41 Zuckerberg says he does not know if Facebook collects phone logs of people aged 13-17, will provide senate more information

21:44 Zuckerberg says he believes Facebook employees have been interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s office

21:49 Zuckerberg says it doesn’t feel like “Facebook has a monopoly”

21:52 Zuckerberg says of Facebook terms of service: “I don’t think that the average person likely reads that whole document”

21:57 Zuckerberg says he has no specific knowledge that Cambridge Analytica data is being sorted in Russia

22:09 Zuckerberg says Facebook’s Messenger kids App collects minimum amount of information, data is not shared with third parties

22:17 Zuckerberg says no one from Facebook’s App review team has been fired because of Cambridge Analytica scandal

22:20 Zuckerberg says he does not see Cambridge Analytica data harvesting violation of Facebook’s agreement with FTC

22:22 Zuckerberg says he does not agree with Senator Richard Blumenthal that Facebook was ‘willfully blind’ to abuse

22:25 Zuckerberg says he is concerned about possible political bias at Facebook and tries to root it out
 
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