Mark Zuckerberg clearly knew what was to be done as he dodged any questions that could have had further implications. Facebook's new, broader view of its responsibilities was constantly referenced, while his frequent references to starting Facebook in his dorm room even drew jokes from some senators.
Zuckerberg testified in Congress on Tuesday in the first of two hearings over Facebook's data privacy issues.
"In response to Zuckerberg's accusation, Cambridge Analytica tweeted, We did not hack Facebook or break any laws - SCL Elections licensed data from a research company called GSR which obtained the data via a tool provided by Facebook, a common practice at the time".
The stakes were high, and a major misstep had the potential to be played ad nauseam across cable news, and define Zuckerberg's - and Facebook's - public image for years. Asked if the same Facebook users who saw fake ads created by Russia's Internet Research Agency were victims of the Cambridge Analytica data theft, Zuckerberg said he believes "there could be a link".
Facebook has been slammed for failing to protect the data of more than 50 million users.
"It's clear now that we didn't do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm", he said in prepared testimony released before his appearance.
Random Senator: "How do you expect Facebook to make money if you don't charge people to join?".
Numerous senators' questions seemed to focus on Facebook's basic functions, such as its privacy settings and what it does and doesn't do with user data. But I just wanted to make sure that I updated that because I. I.
Zuckerberg met Monday with Florida Sen.
During the hearing, Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from SC, asked if Facebook has a monopoly.
A number of users posted screengrabs of the messages they had received from Facebook to alert them that their profile had been compromised by the British political consultancy firm. Cornyn said apologies are "not enough" and suggested that legislation could eventually be needed to give consumers more control over their own data privacy.
In his opening statement, Zuckerberg addressed Russian election interference and acknowledged that the company was too slow to respond and that it's "working hard to get better".
Blumenthal: "Would you (ph) agree that users should be able to access all of their information?".
About investigation of data breaches in the future, Zuckerberg said that every one of their apps is under constant monitoring so situations like the one involving Cambridge Analytica doesn't keep occurring again.