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2:15 p.m. ET: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying on Capitol Hill to answer lawmakers’ questions
Cardboard cutouts of CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who is testifying before Congress in just a few hours, were placed this morning.
The lookalikes are wearing T-shirts that read: “Fix Facebook.”
The stunt is the work of global activist group Avaaz, which wants Zuckerberg, Internet CEOs and government regulators to fight disinformation campaigns across Facebook and other social platforms.
“We know Facebook is doing things to address the fake news problem, but they are doing it in a way to that is too small and too secretive,” Avaaz campaign director Nell Greenberg.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has never testified before Congress. It’s rare for him to be interviewed in a setting not of his own choosing.
Here’s what we can expect from the hearings:
— Zuckerberg will lay out a series of steps the company is taking to safeguard data. That includes investigating every third-party app with access to user information and making it easier for users to see which apps have access to their data.
— He’ll acknowledge that Facebook was “too slow” in spotting and responding to “Russian interference” on its platform during the 2016 election.
— Zuckerberg will reiterate plans to boost transparency around political and issue ads on the platform and to “invest so much in security… that it will significantly impact our profitability.”