Mark Zuckerberg had a pretty big day yesterday. After the scandal with Cambridge Analytica, he was called to answer the questions of US Senators. Considering the importance of such an investigation (it has called into question the privacy of all Facebook users), Zuckerberg looked like he would rather be anywhere else. But let’s be honest, if you were being grilled by the numerous granddads and grandmas that make up the US Senate for a full 5 hours, your attention (or will to live) might lapse.
Mark’s robotic behaviour has left the internet howling, as have the senators themselves.
Check out the funniest memes here:
That face when you just wanted a faster way to rank girls by looks and ended up installing a fascist government in the most powerful country on earth pic.twitter.com/VEaQjz9Z6s
— Zack Bornstein (@ZackBornstein) April 10, 2018
Stop infantilizing Mark Zuckerberg! Also, here’s his booster seat. (Photographs by Evy Mages.) pic.twitter.com/MeKwDZwIEF
— Andrew Beaujon (@abeaujon) April 10, 2018
All this talk of "data" can't be a coincidence… pic.twitter.com/LU9p087k3E
— Guy Cimbalo (@gvcimbalo) April 10, 2018
When you're trying really hard to look like a real person and not a robot. pic.twitter.com/x5NVmg6NUI
— Aly Ellis (@alykeves) April 10, 2018
Mark Zuckerberg’s manner has always reminded me of someone, but I could never quite grasp hold of it.
Just now it hit me, watching him testify about data. pic.twitter.com/4Zs2eGlsHD
— Matthew Teague (@MatthewTeague) April 10, 2018
Some people have gone as far to compare Zuckerberg to the freaky changelings from the “Next Generation” series…
— manu saadia 🖖 (@trekonomics) April 10, 2018
i enjoying mysekf at the senate hearing, but then i remembered instances of regret in my life, and pain i have caused others pic.twitter.com/AdbevclhKQ
— Gabriella Paiella (@GMPaiella) April 10, 2018
Zuckerberg on his Facebook profile vs Zuckerberg at this Congressional hearing pic.twitter.com/P3bi2Ry5r4
— Tim Mak (@timkmak) April 10, 2018
me when I realize my actions have a consequence pic.twitter.com/kNx4rL2uGl
— Amber Discko (@amberdiscko) April 10, 2018
Yeh, you just stay hydrated over there, Zuckerberg.
two serial killers size each other up for the first time pic.twitter.com/MraD6lqAZW
— Travis Helwig (@travishelwig) April 10, 2018
"Mr. Zuckerberg, can you change Snapchat back? My granddaughter won't stop complaining about it.
Also, what is a Snapchat?" pic.twitter.com/36uy3ZYFXo
— MatPat (@MatPatGT) April 10, 2018
“Mr. Zuckerberg, I have just one question about Facebook: Where do I find my Hotmail?" pic.twitter.com/51f5cxnJiq
— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) April 10, 2018
Senator: Mr. Zuckerberg, two questions. Is Flarcebork the same as a Tweeto? And what are “an computer”?
— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) April 10, 2018
Senator: “Are you a human?”
— Mark Zuckerberg Memes (@ZuckerbergMemes) April 10, 2018
Mark Zuckerberg getting The Real Facebook Experience in listening to Sen. Chuck Grassley, an 84yo man who cannot type and is confused and upset by everything he sees, just kind of rattling on about shit.
— David Roth (@david_j_roth) April 10, 2018
"Senator, we run ads" is my new T-shirt.
— drew olanoff (@yoda) April 10, 2018
This is like listening to myself trying to explain to my parents how their router works, for the millionth time. #Zuckerberg
— Naomi Shapiro (@superdumb) April 10, 2018
Some of this Zuck testimony sounds a lot like me providing technical support to my relatives over Thanksgiving.
— Dennis Crowley (@dens) April 10, 2018
Finally, the senators asked a reasonable question about Zuckerberg’s own attitude towards sharing private information. Senator Duck Durbin asked “Mr Zuckerberg, would you be comfortable sharing with us the name of the hotel you stayed in last night?” Mark replied “No”, to which the senator responded “I think that may be what this is all about. Your right to privacy.”
tfw you aren't being grilled by the Senate Judiciary Committee pic.twitter.com/0gbOmDtJq8
— Jeffrey Young (@JeffYoung) April 10, 2018
“You’re in a desert. Walking along in the sand”
“Is this the test now”
“Yes, you’re in a desert walking along the sand when all of a sudden you see a tortoise”
“What’s a tortoise?” pic.twitter.com/WBZaKt0MV4
— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) April 10, 2018
Since the talk, Facebook’s share price has risen by 5%, growing its net worth by £3bn. Can’t complain with that!
Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by the US senate, who asked him questions about the Cambridge Analytica scandal. His robotic manner inspired a plethora of hilarious tweets and memes.
The US senators also inspired some hilarious memes, with people suggesting that the Facebook hearing was akin to someone trying to explain technology to their grandparents.
We’ve all been there…
Mark Zuckerberg pretty much looked like he’d rather have been anywhere else.
At the hearing Zuckerberg pledged that Facebook will investigate “tens of thousands” of apps to discover if any other companies have accessed data in a similar way to Cambridge Analytica (CA).
The social network says it is in the process of letting up to 87 million users know that their information may have been accessed by CA, and in a packed room on Capitol Hill, Zuckerberg repeated his admission that the company “didn’t do enough” to stop its tools “being used for harm”.
He also said the company was in an “arms race” with Russia, warning there were people in the country tasked with finding ways to breach Facebook’s systems.