Mark Zuckerberg, creator of Facebook, testified on Capitol Hill this week. Clever people on social media went into overdrive creating Zuckerberg memes making fun of the Facebook billionaire's nonhuman qualities:
His reaction to tough questioning:
And even how he drinks water:
Zuckerberg endured a fair amount of pounding from Congress on both sides of the aisle. And though he wasn't under oath, he made sure he covered his fanny with plausible denial with phrases like, "I don't believe that," or "It's my understanding that," or just a flat out reply that he didn't know.
So the overall hearing lacked a lot of concrete answers.
But one answer we did get is how much control Facebook can have over your account.
This wasn't exposed from the hearing, rather, an article by TechCrunch this week revealed messages sent from Mark Zuckerberg have mysteriously vanished from user's inboxes. To familiarize the non-Facebook users here, if you delete a message from your own inbox, it still appears in the recipient's inbox.
That indicates that Facebook was able to access user's accounts and remove the messages.
Another cringe-worthy element of the hearing was the fact that almost none of these politicians have any knowledge of technology, which is somewhat excusable. They didn't grow up in the age of Napster, MySpace, Snapchat, or handheld devices. They are a rotary-literate crowd. But ask them what "HTML" means, or anything about coding, and they'll appear as blank as if you asked Hillary Clinton for tips on keeping your partner faithful.
Zuckerberg also denied specifically censoring conservative posts and pages, but countered that with the statement:
"Facebook and the tech industry are located in Silicon Valley, which is an extremely left-leaning place."
Every single one of us at The Rebel has experienced their censoring via post deletions, post suppression, outreach suppression, or a precipitous drop in followers and/or engagement for no reason whatsoever. We've come to terms with it.
And Facebook is a business; they have the right, as a business, to include or omit whatever content they want.
I would just appreciate them not lying about it. But maybe next time we'll get him under oath and have Ted Cruz go at him again.
Oh, and as for deleting Diamond and Silk's account? That was an "enforcement error."