Mark Zuckerberg’s Congressional hearings started yesterday. The Facebook co-founder and CEO was questioned by the Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees about changes the social media site is making to prevent privacy issues — like the recent Cambridge Analytica data breach — from happening again. It lasted hours. Cambridge Analytica live-tweeted, hundreds protested outside of Capitol Hill, a Zuckerberg booster seat made an appearance — the pressure was on.
Squad of 100 life-size Zuckerberg cutouts protest against fake news & disinformation on Capitol Hill pic.twitter.com/xwhsH9NL2x— RT (@RT_com) April 11, 2018
Zuckerberg said that Facebook, which has been used to achieve connectivity, inclusivity and growth for small businesses, didn’t "do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as well. And that goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy."
The Washington Post reported that Zuckerberg confirmed Facebook is working with Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling during the 2016 election.
"I want to be careful here because our work with the special counsel is confidential and I want to make sure that in an open session I'm not revealing something that is confidential," he said before the senators.
Zuckerberg booster seat and blinking — lots of blinking
Zuckerberg has been under fire for his seemingly robotic tendencies. (I mean come on now…he can’t actually be a robot. Right?)
Mark Zuckerberg is a Deep State robot. 🤖 pic.twitter.com/f1HtAqBB4C— GRANT J. KIDNEY 🇺🇸 (@GrantJKidney) April 11, 2018
Esquire UK pointed out that at the Congressional hearing yesterday, Zuckerberg kept up the blinking — like a normal human would.
"don't forget to drink the water, humans like water" pic.twitter.com/RyhWE74Sl4— ＲＵＩＮ™ (@BravingRuin) April 10, 2018
The site also noted that he got a boost during his the testimony. The Zuckerberg booster seat was a 4" cushion.
Tech companies pretend they don’t understand the subtlety of the bias their platforms introduce, but OF COURSE they do.— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) April 10, 2018
Zuckerberg is 5’7”
His team has him sitting on a 4” cushion during testimony because they know it’s important for him not to look small or meek in the pics. pic.twitter.com/9on6W3eppi
It's not a "booster seat," it's his lithium-ion battery. #Zuckerberg— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) April 10, 2018
Sources told Business Insider that the cushion was added for additional comfort as opposed to being added for extra height (he’s 5'7"). The site also pointed out that other people — such as Hillary Clinton — have used similar cushions during testimonies (though Clinton's were used as back rests).
A Facebook representative told The New York Post that the Zuckerberg booster seat wasn't his own — that it was provided to him by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Zuckerberg’s hearing with the House Commerce Committee is underway. You can live stream it here. Keep your ears listening — and your eyes open for a booster seat.