As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced another long day of testimony, a Republican lawmaker warned that Congress was “getting ready to overreact” on the social media giant’s recent missteps.
Zuckerberg admitted to members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday that it is “inevitable” for Facebook and other internet companies to be subject to federal regulation, but that it has to be the “right regulation,” as he sought to restore confidence in the company he founded after breaches in the privacy of users’ data.
And while attention is on Congress to try to craft bipartisan legislation to regulate businesses like Facebook, Rep. Billy Long warned Zuckerberg that the problems at his company were his own to solve.
“If I was you, a little bit of advice,” the Missouri Republican told the 33-year-old billionaire.
“Congress is good at two things: doing nothing and overreacting,” he said.
“So far we’ve done nothing on Facebook, since your inception,” he continued. “We’re getting ready to overreact. So just take that as a shot across the bow warning to you.”
Long, who is against the government taking action, told Zuckerberg: “You’re the guy to fix this, we’re not.”
The congressman proceeded to feature an oversized picture of Diamond and Silk, the conservative Trump supporters who were recently told by Facebook that their content on the site was considered “unsafe to the community.”
“Do you recognize these folks?”Long asked.
“I believe that is Diamond and Silk?” Zuckerberg replied timidly.
“That is Diamond and Silk, two biological sisters from North Carolina. I’d like to point out they’re African-American. And their content was deemed by your folks to be unsafe,”Long said. “Diamond and Silk have a question for you and that question is: what is unsafe about two black women supporting President Donald J. Trump?”
Zuckerberg claimed his team had been in contact with the women to remedy the “error” but the two have said no one has contacted them since the initial response deeming them dangerous.
Note: Original headline called Congressman Long a Senator in error.