US leaders struggle to grasp Facebook phenomenon, tech

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's House testimony saw lawmakers make a harder push on doing more to protect and give consumers more control of personal data.
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg appearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday in Washington. He faced a series of questions not just on data security, but also on advertising policy and liberal political bias.
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg appearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday in Washington. He faced a series of questions not just on data security, but also on advertising policy and liberal political bias.PHOTO: THE WASHINGTON POST

But regulation seems inevitable as Congress seeks to plug 'trust gap' over data privacy

It was tough going for Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on the second day of his testimony on Capitol Hill, but no less challenging for the congressmen who had to grasp the technical details and complex ramifications of the phenomenon unleashed by a 19-year-old in his Harvard University dormitory room in 2004.

On Wednesday, Mr Zuckerberg faced a series of questions not just on data security, but also on advertising policy and liberal political bias.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 13, 2018, with the headline 'US leaders struggle to grasp Facebook phenomenon, tech'. Print Edition | Subscribe