In a few hours, Mark Zuckerberg will testify in the first of two widely anticipated hearings before Congress. The first hearing, scheduled for today at 2:15 p.m. ET, will take place before a joint session of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
This is not the first time that Facebook is forced to testify about the vulnerabilities of its platform before Congress: in October, Facebook, along with Google and Twitter, were asked to tell how their networks were used by foreign agents to influence The 2016 election. However, Zuckerberg got rid of the grill, and Facebook escaped by simply sending the company's chief lawyer to DC.
"I'm glad that Mr. Zuckerberg has agreed to face the music."
But the last six months have not been kind to Facebook. The scandal of sharing data about how user data ended up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica sparked serious concerns about the seemingly unchecked powers and influence of the platform across society, leading to a campaign #deletefacebook and even to that Zuckerberg Ask the investors to resign. president of the company This time, the invitation to testify before the Congress was one that Zuckerberg apparently could not refuse.
Before the hearings, members hinted that Zuckerberg should expect a tough line of questions over the next two days. "I am happy that Mr. Zuckerberg has agreed to face the music, and his company has shamelessly destroyed the privacy rights of its users," Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) wrote in a statement. Blumenthal belongs to the committees of the Judiciary and Commerce, which will lead the interrogation on Tuesday. "This hearing is a good first step to institute some vital rules of the road for Big Tech."
HOW TO FOLLOW TOGETHER
Start time: 2:15 PM ET / 11:15 AM PT
Live broadcast: we have set up a live Facebook broadcast, which you can see on this page beginning 10 minutes before the start of the hearing.
Live blog: tune in to The Verge's live blog to see a summary of the event and instant comments from Casey Newton and Colin Lecher.