Danie van der Merwe
Danie van der Merwe
Danie van der Merwe
I just hope Mark Zuckerberg looks after his Facebook users' data better than he leaves his unguarded script lying around

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Senate today in a marathon five-hour session about the ongoing Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal. In addition to discussing that situation, and how as many as 87 million users had their information misused by the data mining firm, the conversation also touched on Facebook’s role and responsibility in the world as a news source and a massively influential tool for democracy and communication.

While there were few bombshell revelations, Zuckerberg did answer a far-reaching and diverse set of questions ranging from whether Facebook is a monopoly to whether the company would ever consider an ad-free paid version. As part of his appearance on Capitol Hill today, Zuckerberg brought along a thick binder of notes to help him answer questions, stay on his talking points, and come up with quick and relatively innocuous responses to hot-button issues. Thankfully, because there were photojournalists in the room, we have access to a least two pages of those notes (his script).

Many are observing that he was under very close scrutiny by the press, and it must feel much like many of his Facebook users feel like with their every move exposed to analysis.

Read Mark Zuckerberg’s notes from today’s Facebook privacy Senate hearing


"(Don’t say we already do what GDPR requires)"