Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced day one of a two-day Senate hearing today over a data breach on his site. He likely walked onto capitol hill feeling that he would be able to say what he wanted to and everyone would just listen to him since that’s what this power-glutton does on his massive social media platform.
As he faced this panel of lawmakers who each had a long list of questions to expose his apparent abuse, Zuckerberg appeared pale-faced, barely blinked, and looked like a terrified child caught in the act.
There were many moments in which his cockiness came through, but nothing was as damning for this Internet dictator as what he was hiding in plain sight at his desk that was only revealed after hours of sweating before Congress.
The CEO was grilled on his abuse of power and people’s information from all sides, even those who he thought were on “his team” politically. Dems were questioning his tactics, but Republicans really let him have it. The issues he was forced to answer to ran deeper than the data breach.
Many members of Congress wanted to know why he’s suppressing information from one side of the aisle and not the other. He failed to answer many of the hardest questions by deflecting in his response to avoid a simple “yes” or “no” when asked for that response, knowing that his answer could hold him responsible. Day one may have been excruciating, but he has another thing coming tomorrow that’s going to be much harder.
Meanwhile, what makes his nightmare in our nation’s capital worse is what was caught on camera that he didn’t think anyone would see during this grueling ordeal.
Zuckerberg is rather small for a man who is one of the world’s largest billionaires. That’s never been as apparent as it was today under the glaring spotlight after what he brought with him.
Independent Journal Review reports:
While Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was testifying before lawmakers on Capitol Hill, people noticed he was sitting on thick padding in what appears to make him look taller.
Zuckerberg is 5 feet 7 inches tall:
Report from Capitol Hill: Mark Zuckerberg’s chair has extra padding. (Photographs by Evy Mages.) pic.twitter.com/bU5MJeMOj1
— Washingtonian (@washingtonian) April 10, 2018
Once it got the attention of social media users, people began to say it spoke volumes about the company’s knowledge of perception:
“Tech companies pretend they don’t understand the subtlety of the bias their platforms introduce, but OF COURSE they do.
Zuckerberg is 5’7”
His team has him sitting on a 4” cushion during testimony because they know it’s important for him not to look small or meek in the pics,” Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) wrote on Twitter.
Of course, pointing out the irony in this situation and the obvious, made Shroff a target from the left who acted as if he was height shaming the CEO. He defended himself in a perfect manner, considering how ridiculous such an assertion is:
“Thanks, @maiaefrem, to clarify at no point have I criticized his height or suggested there was anything wrong with it. It concerns me if you misconstrued my tweet! The point I was trying to make is that Facebook obviously understands nuance, bias, & power.”
“During his hearing, Zuckerberg faced questions about users’ data and privacy,” IJR explained.
“Would you be comfortable sharing with us the name of the hotel you stayed in last night?” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) asked. “If you messaged anybody this week, would you share with us the names of the people you’ve messaged?” Durbin followed up.
“Zuckerberg said he would not publicly disclose either of those items.”
There was a lot of things that Zuckerberg was clearly uncomfortable with throughout hours of being grilled on camera by Congress, but his comfortable big boy seat was not one of them. However, he probably wishes that a camera person wasn’t where they were to capture his booster seat which is rather humiliating to his reputation. It’s rather ironic, really, considering that didn’t seem to care about other people’s right to privacy, so he shouldn’t be concerned with his own in the sense of the world seeing that he requires some fake height advantage.
Stop infantilizing Mark Zuckerberg! Also, here’s his booster seat. (Photographs by Evy Mages.) pic.twitter.com/MeKwDZwIEF
— Andrew Beaujon (@abeaujon) April 10, 2018