Mark Zuckerberg Dodges on Whether on Not He’ll Testify Before Congress: I Will ‘If It’s the Right Thing to Do’
During a rare interview with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, CNN’s Laurie Segall asked the reticent mogul some very difficult questions, which he answered – somewhat.
“Do you think that bad actors are using Facebook at this moment to meddle with the U.S. midterm elections?” Segall asked.
“I’m sure someone’s trying, right? I’m sure there’s, you know, version two of whatever the Russian effort was in 2016,” Zuckerberg replied. “I’m sure they’re working on that, and there are going to be some new tactics we make sure we observe and get in front of them.”
“Do you know what they are? Do you have any idea?” Segall pressed.
“Yes. I think we have some sense of the different things that we need to get in front of,” Zuckerberg said.
Segall then moved onto asking Zuckerberg whether he will testify before Congress about Cambridge Analytica and mentioned that lawmakers are already putting pressure on him to do so.
“I’m happy to if it’s the right thing to do,” Zuckerberg said, a little shiftily. “Facebook testifies in Congress regularly on a number of topics, some high-profile, and some not… What we try to do is send the person at Facebook who will have the most knowledge about what Congress is trying to learn. So if that’s me, then I am happy to go.”
“You are the brand of Facebook. People want to hear from you,” Segall said.
“That’s why I’m doing this interview,” Zuckerberg said. “[Congressional testimony is] not a media opportunity, right, or at least it’s not supposed to be. The goal there, I think, is to get Congress all of the information that they need to do their extremely important job, and we just want to make sure we send whoever is best informed at doing that.”
Segall also asked about regulating Facebook, given its growing influence in world politics.
“I actually am not sure we shouldn’t be regulated.,” Zuckerberg said. “I think in general, technology is an increasingly important trend in the world. I actually think the question is more what is the right regulation rather than yes or no, should it be regulated?”
Watch above, via CNN.
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