Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by the U.S. Senator committee regarding the Cambridge Analytica scandal last night. To ensure he was able to properly answer all the questions thrown at him, the Facebook CEO carried some notes with him containing answers to some frequently asked questions.
The question and their related answers were likely prepared by Facebook’s legal team and also contain some dos and don’t for the CEO. The notes instructed Zuckerberg to not say that Facebook is compliant with the new General Data Protection Regulation rules that go live in the European Union from next month.
More interestingly perhaps, the notes also contained a reference to Apple. Recently, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook criticised Facebook and the way it handles the data of its users. In case a senator points to Cook’s comments, the notes suggest the CEO talk about how there are plenty of iOS apps have also leaked user data in the past, with Apple never informing affected users about the breach.
What about Apple? The notes additionally contained references to Apple and its CEO, Tim Cook — presumably to be used in case senators ask about Cook’s recent comments that presumably concerned Facebook. “Lots of stories about apps misusing Apple data, never seen Apple notify people,” Zuckerberg’s notes say.
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The notes were likely never meant to be public but Andy Harnik, a photojournalist with the Associated Press, managed to snap pictures of two pages of the notes. Zuckerberg was carrying a notebook containing the notes at the hearing as well.
Zuckerberg also struggled to answer a direct competitor to Facebook when questioned by Senator Lindsey Graham. The CEO said that Facebook has a “lot of competitors”, though he failed to name a direct competitor. He took the names of Google, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft, saying Facebook overlaps them in different ways. However, when asked if any of these companies provide the same service as Facebook and if it has a monopoly or not, Zuckerberg answered saying he “certainly doesn’t feel like that.”