In what will probably be the proposition of The Social Network 2 , Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by members of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.
Zuckerberg answered questions about digital privacy in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. And a lot of the senators asking the questions were age-old. Awfully age-old.
Mark Zuckerberg is now living out every young person’s bad hallucination: trying to explain how tech substance works to the nation’s elderly
— Robby Soave (@ robbysoave) April 10, 2018
Sen. Patrick Leahy made printouts of various types of Facebook radicals( bless the staff member who had to reproduce them) and would like to know whether they were Russian propaganda groups, because as CEO, Zuckerberg undoubtedly reads every single berth on Facebook himself. Sen. Orrin Hatch asked how Facebook is able to sustain a business model while passing as a free service, and Zuckerberg was just able to keep a straight face when he greeted, “Senator, we operate ads.”
“I see, that’s great, ” Hatch replied.
“Senator, we race ads” is my new T-shirt.
— proceeded olanoff (@ yoda) April 10, 2018
It wasn’t precisely the older senators who didn’t understand how Facebook designs. Sen. Brian Schatz, who is only 45 years old, requested Zuckerberg if Facebook would be able to see if he “emailed” someone over Whatsapp. When Zuckerberg used to say Whatsapp is encrypted, and that other fellowships are not able to read encrypted meanings, Schatz asked if he would get Black Panther ads on Facebook if he messaged someone about the movie through Whatsapp.
Sen. Schatz: If I email (?) person over Whatsapp, can facebook see that?
Zuck: Senator no, Whatsapp is encrypted, we can’t realize any of that.
Schatz: Yeah but if I message someone about Black Panther on Whatsapp will I get adds about Black Panther On Facebook?
Zuck: …. no.
— Paul McLeod (@ pdmcleod) April 10, 2018
People on Twitter saw it pretty ridiculous that the lawmakers who have the power to regulate engineering is entirely no idea how engineering wields. And so they ribbed them with memes.
In the “Mr. Zuckerberg” meme, dumb lawmakers use the Senate hearing to ask Zuckerberg questions about Facebook. Instead of asking the CEO about his company’s business practices, though, they ask him for tech opinion.
CHUCK GRASSLEY: Mr. Zuckerberg. My wonder for you is this. I transported a image to my grandson of one of the little yellow fellas from the Minions movie and he did not respond. Did my send follow up? Why wouldn’t he respond. It’s a funny image
— Klimt Eastwood (@ Danny_Parisi_) April 10, 2018
They’re usually accompanied by an image of an irked, exhausted Zuckerberg.
mr. zuckerberg i want to direct your attention to the video “tom cruise kills oprah — diversified version.” it’s got tom sail jumpin’ around on oprah’s sofa and shootin’ lightning bolts and occasions, and i’m very troubled by that
— Jon Bois (@ jon_bois) April 10, 2018
ZUCKERBERG: im ready to answer any questions u might have about facebook
84-YEAR-OLD SENATOR: good. mr zuckerberg my farmville farm necessity more animals but i cannot figure out where to purchase them
— Bob Vulfov (@ bobvulfov) April 10, 2018
And people didn’t hold back on Sen. Ted Cruz, who’s had his fair share of PR nightmares while in role.
While the memes shielded Cruz’s “accidental” porn like and the rumors of his secret name as the Zodiac Killer, others were just sad.
Mr. Zuckerberg, can you explain to me why you’ve constituted it so married couple are unable to be Facebook friends? In the past 10 years, my bride has not accepted any of my friend seeks, and she tells me that it’s because Facebook doesn’t allow it. pic.twitter.com/ QU3XsHhYd8
— Billy LXIX (@ Your_Pal_Billy) April 10, 2018
Zuckerberg faces another day of questioning in front of the House Commerce Committee on Wednesday.
And that means another daylight of explaining how Facebook works to septuagenarian lawmakers. Good fluke, Mark.