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  • - Mr. Zuckerberg, would you be comfortable

  • sharing with us the name of the hotel you stayed in last night?

  • - Um

  • No.

  • - If you've messaged anybody this week,

  • would you share with us the names of the people

  • you've messaged?

  • - Senator, no,

  • I would probably not choose to do that publicly here.

  • - I think that may be what this is all about.

  • - In 2015, we heard the report that this developer

  • Aleksandr Kogan had sold data to Cambridge Analytica.

  • - Did you or senior leadership do an inquiry

  • to find out who at Facebook had this information

  • and did they not have a discussion about

  • whether or not the users should be informed

  • back in December of 2015?

  • - Senator, in retrospect,

  • I think we clearly view it as a mistake

  • that we didn't inform people.

  • And we did that based on false information

  • that we thought that the case was closed,

  • and that the data had been deleted.

  • - So there was a decision made on that basis

  • not to inform the users. Is that correct?

  • - That's my understanding, yes.

  • - I assume Facebook's been served with subpoenas

  • from the special counsel Mueller's office.

  • Is that correct?

  • - Yes.

  • Actually, let me clarify that.

  • I actually am not aware of a subpoena.

  • I believe that there may be.

  • But I know we're working with them.

  • - Thank you.

  • - If I buy a Ford and it doesn't work well

  • and I don't like it, I can buy a Chevy.

  • If I'm upset with Facebook,

  • what's the equivalent product that I can go sign up for?

  • - The average American uses eight different apps

  • - Okay.

  • - — to communicate with their friends

  • and stay in touch with people

  • - Okay.

  • - — ranging from text apps

  • - — which is

  • to email.”

  • - Which is the same service you provide.

  • - Well, we provide a number of different services.

  • - Is Twitter the same as what you do?

  • - It overlaps with a portion of what we do.

  • - You don't think you have a monopoly?

  • - It certainly doesn't feel like that to me.

  • - Okay.

  • - Do you need to look behind shell corporations

  • in order to find out who is really

  • behind the content that's being posted?

  • And if you may need to look behind a shell corporation,

  • how will you go about doing that?

  • How will you get back to the true,

  • what lawyers would call 'beneficial owner'

  • of the site that is putting out the political material?

  • - So what we're going to do is require a valid government identity

  • and we're going to verify the location.

  • So we're going to do that,

  • so that way someone sitting in Russia, for example,

  • couldn't say that they're in America

  • and therefore able to run an election ad.

  • - But if they were running through a corporation domiciled

  • in Delaware, you wouldn't know that they were actually

  • a Russian owner.

  • - Senator, that's— that's correct.”

- Mr. Zuckerberg, would you be comfortable

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