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When lawmakers had the chance to ask Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook — one of the largest and most influential companies in the world — they turned not to technology experts, digital rights advocates, or anyone with a technical credibility, but rather their own constituents, who seem perplexed on how to use the social media platform.
Facebook submitted a 748-page response to representatives’ questions on Friday from the highly publicized congressional testimony on April 10 and 11. Similar to the company’s answers to senators it submitted on June 8 and released publicly June 11, some of the answers to House Energy and Commerce Committee members are dodgy.
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One congresswoman, Democratic Rep. Anna Eshoo of California, asked more questions than all other representatives combined. It appears that she, rather than go to aforementioned experts to craft important questions, let her constituents ask the questions, an apparent trend followed by other representatives.
The Daily Caller News Foundation dug through some of Eshoo’s 542 questions and found that Facebook said 42 of them, more questions than any other representative asked Facebook, were irrelevant to the hearing.
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“Fact: If I stole a pizza, I’d be in jail. Why shouldn’t you and other Facebook execs be in jail? (that happened to a person in Palo Alto),” one question read. Some of the other questions submitted were:
“Do you consider yourself a ‘true’ American patriot? If ‘yes’: How do you reconcile that with your company’s behavior?”
“How do you look at yourself in the mirror?”
Evidence that Eshoo, among others, simply copied and pasted their constituents questions and sent them to Facebook without vetting, is seen in several questions:
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“Hi Anna—This is a massive betrayal of every Facebook user and of democracy. Criminal...
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