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A Senator Asked Mark Zuckerberg Some Very Personal Questions And It Was As Awkward As You'd Imagine

*giggles nervously*

Posted on April 10, 2018, at 5:05 p.m. ET

Mark Zuckerberg got a biiiit awkward during his Senate testimony Tuesday, when Sen. Dick Durbin asked him some rather personal questions to make a point about users' expectations for privacy.

Sen. Durbin: Would you be comfortable sharing the hotel you stayed at? Zuckerberg: "Um .... no" Sen. Durbin: Would you be comfortable sharing the names of the people you messaged this week? Zuckerberg: "No, I would probably not choose to do that publicly here"

"Mr. Zuckerberg, would you be comfortable sharing with us the name of the hotel you stayed in last night?" Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, asked.

Zuckerberg responded by nervously giggling and saying ""


Durbin continued, asking, "If you've messaged anybody this week, would you share with us the names of the people you've messaged?"

Zuckerberg said no, he "would probably not choose to do that publicly here."

All this was to make a point about users' expectations for a right to privacy, Durbin said.

"I think that may be what this is all about," said Durbin. "Your right to privacy, and the limits of your right to privacy, and how much you give away in modern America in the name of, quote, connecting people around the world," Durbin said.

Durbin called it a "question basically of what information Facebook is collecting, who they are sending it to, and whether they ever asked me in advance my permission to do that."

"Is that a fair thing for a user of Facebook to expect?" Durbin asked.

Zuckerberg said he agrees and thinks "everyone should have control over how their information is used."

Anyway, we still don't know what hotel Zuck stayed in last night. But we did get a new Blinking White Guy meme out of it.


A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.