It’s okay if you haven’t read the entire Zuckerberg testimony. I have, and it’s been a wild ride from start to finish. If you’re looking for the cliff notes version of what you need to know, look no further.
I’ve often wondered why Zuck hasn’t just bought an island and retired already. He’s wealthy enough to never worry again, so why is he consistently putting himself in harm’s way? Maybe it’s what he loves, but there are other ways to make a meaningful impact in ways we love. To me, the risk seems greater than the reward… especially since he’s already gained so. much. reward.
Mark Zuckerberg Net Worth: 66 billion USD
It’s clear that he’s dedicated to his craft—even if some of the quotes below are suspect. I digress.
Below are some of the best quotes pulled directly from the testimonial material, with a few of my own musings mixed in.
“We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. And it was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here.”
I’m sure every lawyer on Facebook’s payroll is pulling their hair out.
“Senator, I think yes, they did not want their information to be sold to Cambridge Analytica by a developer… That happened, and it happened on our watch.”
Points for honesty.
“I understand where that concern is coming from because Facebook and the tech industry are located in Silicon Valley, which is an extremely left-leaning place. And this is actually a concern that I have and that I try to root out in the company is making sure that we don’t have any bias in the work that we do, and I think it is a fair concern that people would at least wonder about.”
Silicon Valley might be liberal, but they’re a far cry away from a beacon of equality.
“We need to take a more active view in policing the ecosystem and watching and looking out and making sure that all the members in our community are using these tools in a way that’s going to be good and healthy.”
That’s a whole lotta nothin’. And my personal favorite…
When asked about how Facebook makes money, even though it’s a free platform, Zuckerberg responded…
“Senator, we run ads.”