Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg made a trip to Capitol Hill last Tuesday for two day Congressional hearing where he was grilled for his company’s code of ethics. The reason he faced 44 Senators from Congress who cross-questioned him was very simple: a data breach done by Cambridge Analytica who stole data of 87 million Facebook users ahead of U.S 2016 elections. The data gathered obviously impacted the election results as Cambridge Analytica has many individuals who are associated with President Trump.
This is the second time since 2010, that the tech billionaire who is notoriously camera-shy to face the press as well as the Congress senators. The hearing at times became awkward as the lawmakers did not have a strong understanding of how the social media platform or even internet works. This provided internet with enough fodder to come up with the most hilarious memes since the hearing was broadcasted live. Following are a few ways twitter reacted to the situation.
Zucc has those Little Man Tate bangs pic.twitter.com/Z6nQOBbTDg
— ORIN (@orinanne) April 10, 2018
The haircut does have an uncanny resemblance.
— Heather Timmons (@HeathaT) April 10, 2018
Of course the grilling session could last longer than expected and Congress did not wanted to make the subject uncomfortable in the slightest. The extra padded chairs might make the press and camera-shy tech billionaire to at least take solace in the fact that he has a certain advantage as far as comfort is concerned.
Congress: "Are you telling us Facebook ISN'T powered by Fred Flintstone running really fast?"
— Ira Madison III (@ira) April 10, 2018
Another Twitterati takes a jab at the lack of understanding of old senators about how the broader internet functions.
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) April 10, 2018
Some reporters present at the hearing took pictures of Zuckerberg and senator’s facial expressions, comparing them with emojis.
Mark Zuckerberg just changed his relationship status to diarrhea. pic.twitter.com/K1Jj4FJIF5
— Jenny Johnson (@JennyJohnsonHi5) April 10, 2018
This is indeed a very pressure situation for Mr. Zuckerberg and we would not be surprised if he actually acted on the joke. No one could answer media questions comfortably with all those cameras in your face.
Mark Zuckerberg way better than Jesse Eisenberg at sitting still and pretending to listen. So far, very impressed.
— R/GA (@RGA) April 10, 2018
Some resorted to comparing Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress to the movie The Social Network, released in 2010. We do agree with the tweet which could be explained by the fact that no script was available to Mr. Zuckerberg.
Mark Zuckerberg is now living out every young person's worst nightmare: trying to explain how tech stuff works to the nation's elderly
— Robby Soave (@robbysoave) April 10, 2018
There were several tweets which made fun of old senators who had no real understanding of how to go about investigating this case and conduct the hearing in a productive way.
“Mr. Zuckerberg, a magazine i recently opened came with a floppy disk offering me 30 free hours of something called America On-Line. Is that the same as Facebook?” pic.twitter.com/U7pqpUhEhQ
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) April 10, 2018
The seriousness of the senator and the clueless expression of Zuckerberg makes it more hilarious.
Me when someone asks me to stop looking awkward for one goddamn minute and to just act natural pic.twitter.com/iUA45evcpA
— Jesse Singal (@jessesingal) April 10, 2018
When you are trying really hard to appear serious and direct all your energies to be very attentive.
"BE COOL. DON'T BE, ALL LIKE, UNCOOL." pic.twitter.com/mcecBBupAe
— Chris Spargo (@chrisonchris) April 10, 2018
Just smile and try to blend in with them, not too much of a problem.
Do you think he noticed the photographers? pic.twitter.com/HU3WbTIDuN
— Greg Bensinger (@GregBensinger) April 10, 2018
Trying his best to make those cameras disappear out of his face but unfortunately unable to do so.