Senator Stuns Mark Zuckerberg by Invading His Privacy During Public Hearing: ‘Um, No’

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) opened his questioning of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday with a very personal question.

“Would you be comfortable sharing with us the name of the hotel you stayed in last night?” Durbin asked.

“Um, no,” Zuckerberg responded.

Durbin followed up with another personal inquiry.

“If you’ve messaged anyone this week, would you share with us the names of the people you’ve messaged?” he said

“Senator, no, I would probably not choose to do that publicly,” Zuckerberg said.

That’s when Durbin finally made his point.

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

Facebook is under intense scrutiny over a number of privacy scandals, most notably instances in which Cambridge Analytica was able to improperly obtain data on 87 million users.

Zuckerberg testified on Tuesday that he is committed to making improvements to privacy on Facebook and even said he was open to the “right” kind of government regulations of his company.