WASHINGTON: Of the hundreds of questions thrown at by Mark Zuckerberg by US lawmakers Tuesday, none appeared to flummox the Facebook founder more than Senator Dick Durbin's pointed inquiry about where he slept the previous evening.
“Would you be comfortable sharing with us the name of the hotel you stayed in last night?” Durbin asked during intense and closely-watched hearing about online digital privacy, and Facebook's the platform.
Zuckerberg paused for a full eight seconds, chuckled, grimaced, and ultimately demurred.
“Um, uh, no,” he said.
And “if you've been messaged anybody this week would you be messaged?” The Illinois Democrat persisted.
Again, a common unwillingness to answer.
Perhaps more than any other senator during the five hours of questioning, Durbin's everyman tactic put a finger on the crux of the issue Facebook of personal data used to target political advertising and messaging during the 2016 presidential race.
“I think that might be what is all about,” said Durbin, 40 years Zuckerberg's senior.
“Zuckerberg, who runs at 33 runs a multi-billion -dollar company with some two billion users, accepted personal responsibility for the leakage of users' data and vowed that the company will do better in guarding such information.
He also conceded Durbin's point was a fair one. “I think everyone should have control over how their information is used,” Zuckerberg said. – AFP