Overnight Tech: Highlights from Zuckerberg's second day of testimony | Trump signs anti-sex trafficking bill | Cambridge Analytica interim CEO steps down | IBM stops advertising on Laura Ingraham's show

Overnight Tech: Highlights from Zuckerberg's second day of testimony | Trump signs anti-sex trafficking bill | Cambridge Analytica interim CEO steps down | IBM stops advertising on Laura Ingraham's show
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ZUCKERBERG WRAP UP: Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: Officials pressed on Russian interference at security forum | FCC accuses Sinclair of deception | Microsoft reveals Russia tried to hack three 2018 candidates | Trump backs Google in fight with EU | Comcast gives up on Fox bid Facebook's Zuckerberg congratulated Trump after 2016 election: report Facebook to start removing misleading posts that incite violence MORE went through a second day of testimony on Wednesday, emerging from a marathon 5-hour hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The hearing followed Tuesday's 5-hour hearing before senators.

The Facebook CEO was drawn into some heated exchanges as he was grilled on Facebook's privacy practices, whether the company is a monopoly, its attitude towards conservatives and legislation that could restrict how the company operates.

 

Here are some highlights from today's House hearing:

 

Dem lists all of Zuckerberg's apologies: Rep. Jan SchakowskyJanice (Jan) Danoff SchakowskyLawmakers worry about rise in drugged driving 'Paws for Celebration' event brings rescue animals to the Capitol House Dems seek answers from firm led by former Cambridge Analytica employee MORE (D-Ill.) reminded Zuckerberg and the rest of Congress that the Facebook CEO is no stranger to apology tours, recapping his record since starting the company.

"In 2003, it started at Harvard. 'I apologize for any harm done as a result of my neglect,'" she said, before continuing the highlight reel:

2006: "We really messed this one up."

2007: "We simply did a bad job. I apologize for it."

2010: "Sometimes we move too fast."

2011: "I'm the first to admit we've made a bunch of mistakes."

2017: "I ask for forgiveness. I will work to do better."

 

Dem compares Zuckerberg to J. Edgar Hoover: Rep. Bobby RushBobby Lee RushOvernight Health Care — Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges — Key ObamaCare groups in limbo | Opioids sending thousands of kids into foster care | House passes bill allowing Medicaid to pay for opioid treatments House passes bill allowing Medicaid to pay for certain opioid, cocaine treatment Lawmakers roll out bill to protect children from online data collection MORE (D-Ill.) said during day two of Zuckerberg's hearings on Capitol Hill that the FBI and local police "maliciously" tricked organizations and individuals into participating in a counterintelligence program known as COINTELPRO. He said participants "tracked and shared" information about civil rights activists, including their political, social and religious affiliations.

"I was personally a victim of COINTELPRO. Your organization, your methodology, in my opinion is similar," Rush told Zuckerberg.

More on the exchange here.

 

GOP rep blasts Zuckerberg over opioids: In another remarkable exchange, Rep. David McKinleyDavid Bennett McKinleyOvernight Energy: Koch backs bill opposing carbon taxes | Lawmakers look to Interior budget to block offshore drilling | EPA defends FOIA process Koch backs House measure opposing carbon taxes This week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation MORE (R-W.Va.) took Zuckerberg to task for what he says are widespread opioid sales on the tech platform.

"Your platform is still being used to circumvent the law, and allow people to buy highly addictive drugs without a prescription," McKinley told Zuckerberg.

"With all due respect, Facebook is actually enabling an illegal activity and, in so doing, you are hurting people. Would you agree with that statement?" the congressman asked.

"I think that there are a number of areas of content that we need to do a better job policing on our service," Zuckerberg replied.

More here.

 

GOP rep defends Diamond and Silk: In another exchange, Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnElection Countdown: Senate, House Dems build cash advantage | 2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser | Trump has M in war chest | Republican blasts parents for donating to rival | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders to campaign in Kansas Senate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds Lawmakers split over how to expand rural broadband MORE (R-Tenn.) told Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday that popular pro-Trump vloggers Diamond and Silk are not terrorists.

Blackburn defended the pair after their "content and brand" were deemed to be "unsafe" to the social media giant's community. Blackburn was only the latest GOP lawmaker to grill Zuckerberg on what some see as bias against conservative speech.

 

Scorecard: Zuckerberg was contrite during his second day of testimony but also offered a strong defense of his company and its policies. And he repeatedly insisted that the company is doing enough to address user privacy in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

 

Here are takeaways from the hearing from Harper and Morgan Chalfant:

Zuckerberg kept his cool -- but isn't winning over everyone.

Lawmakers might try to regulate Facebook.

Zuckerberg left himself some wiggle room when asked about privacy legislation.

Concerns are mounting that Facebook has a 'monopoly'.

The FTC investigation into whether the Cambridge Analytica breach violated a consent decree could be bad for Facebook.

Click here for more on the five takeaways.

 

Also ICYMI, here's our take on yesterday's hearing.

The New York Times fact-checked Zuckerberg's first day of testimony.

The Washington Post has a transcript of Zuckerberg's first day of testimony.

Recode breaks down Facebook's ad-targeting system

Zuckerberg's notes suggest he expected lawmakers to ask him if he would resign.

 

The public relations effort though is far from over for Facebook...

 

POLL FINDS FACEBOOK USERS WORRIED ABOUT CAMBRIDGE SCANDAL: A new Gallup poll has found that 43 percent of users are worried about their privacy online, an uptick over since 2011.

That year, 30 percent of Facebook users said they were concerned.

In the latest survey, just 11 percent said they weren't concerned at all.

 

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TRUMP SIGNS ONLINE SEX TRAFFICKING BILL: Trump ended the months-long fight over online sex trafficking and legal protections for web companies when he signed a controversial bill that sailed through the House and Senate earlier this year.

The legislation, called the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), but also referred to as SESTA after the original Senate bill, cuts into the broad protections websites have from legal liability for content posted by their users.

Some internet companies say such a move could be disastrous for free speech online and could hurt smaller startups that will have a hard time monitoring their content. But Trump did not seem to grasp the opposition to the bill.

"This was a tough one. It shouldn't have been tough," Trump said. "I guess people have reasons [to oppose the legislation], but I personally don't understand those reasons."

 

The bottom line: The passage was a major blow to many Silicon Valley web companies that raised concerns about the bill.

 

ACTING CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA CEO STEPS DOWN: As Zuckerberg was testifying on the Hill, Cambridge Analytica announced that its acting CEO, Alexander Tayler, would step down from his role as chief of the company.

The firm said he would return to his previous role as chief data officer "in order to focus on the various technical investigations and inquiries" into the Facebook data scandal.

Tayler had only been CEO less than a month, stepping into the job in March when Alexander Nix was suspended after being caught on a hidden camera promising dirty tricks to the firm's clients.

 

IBM PULLS ITS ADS FROM LAURA INGRAHAM SHOW: IBM has dropped its sponsorship of Laura Ingraham's show after the pundit's high-profile spat with one of the teen survivors of the Parkland massacre.

"IBM no longer advertises on the show you referenced," an IBM spokesman told The Wrap.

The tech giant follows SlimFast and Blue Apron as the latest companies pull their ads from the show.

 

ON TAP:

The Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) will hold a panel on competition policy at noon.

 

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