Sen. John Kennedy had a blunt message for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: “Your user agreement sucks.”
He said that’s what everybody has been trying to tell him today.
“You can spot me 75 IQ points. If I can figure it out, you can figure it out,” Kennedy said. “The purpose of that user agreement is to cover Facebook’s rear-end. It’s not to inform your users about their rights. Now, you know that and I know that. I am going to suggest to you that you go back home and you rewrite it and tell your $1,200-an hour lawyers, no disrespect, they’re good, but tell them that you want it written in English and non-Swahili, so the average American can understand it. That would be a start.”
The Louisiana Republican told Zuckerberg he can either spend millions of dollars to fight new legislation to regulate Facebook or help Congress solve the problem.
He said there are two problems with Facebook: privacy and propaganda.
Kennedy told Zuckerberg he was disappointed with the hearing because he felt like they were not connecting.
“I think you are a really smart guy and I think that you have built an extraordinary American company and you’ve done a lot of good,” Kennedy said. “Some of the things you’ve been able to do are magical, but our promised digital utopia, we have discovered, has minefields. There are some impurities in the Facebook punchbowl and they got to be fixed, and I think you can fix them.”