Today we’re here to analyze the effect of Facebook on the monetary services and real estate sectors.
Our sole witness is Facebook’s chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Facebook’s prepares to produce a digital currency Libra and a digital wallet Calibra raise numerous issues associating with personal privacy Trade and danger, discrimination, chances for diverse-owned, monetary companies, nationwide security, financial policy, and special needs of the worldwide monetary system.
Each month, 2.7 billion individuals utilize your items, that’s over a 3rd of the world’s population, that’s substantial That’s so huge that it’s clear to me and to anybody who hears this list that maybe you think that you’re above the law.
And it appears that you’re strongly increasing the size of your business and want to step on or over anybody including your rivals, ladies, individuals of color, your on users, and even our democracy.
To get what you desire.
All of these issues either summary, and provided the business’s size and reach it ought to be clear why we have severe issues about your strategies to develop a worldwide digital currency that would challenge the United States dollar.
In reality, you have actually opened a major conversation about whether Facebook must be separated.
Thank you for the chance to affirm today.
As we sit here, there are more than 1 billion individuals worldwide who do not have access to a checking account, however might through cellphones, if the best system existed, which consists of more than 14 million individuals right here in the United States.
Being locked out of the monetary system has genuine repercussions for individuals’s lives, and it’s frequently the most disadvantaged individuals who pay the greatest rate.
People pay far too expensive expense and need to wait far too long to send out cash house to their households abroad.
The existing system is failing them.
The monetary market Is stagnant and there is no digital, monetary and architecture to support the development that we require.
I think that this issue can be resolved and Libra can assist.
The concept behind Libra is that sending out cash ought to be as simple and protected as sending out a message.
Liberal will be a worldwide payment system, totally backed by a scheduled of money and extremely liquid possessions.
Now, I think that this is something that requires to get constructed.
But I get that.
I’m not the perfect messenger for this today.
We dealt with a great deal of problems over the previous couple of years and I’m sure there are a great deal of individuals who want it were anybody however Facebook who are assisting to propose this.
I really do not understand if Libra is going to work.
But I think that it is essential to attempt brand-new things.
And as long as you’re doing so properly, this has actually been a difficult couple of years for Facebook.
I acknowledge that we play an essential function in society and have distinct duties since of that.
And I feel blessed to be in a position where we can make a distinction in individuals’s lives.
And for as long as I’m here, I’m devoted to utilizing our position to promote concepts that I think can assist empower individuals.
Facebook Changes the guidelines when it can benefit itself.
Last year, Facebook prohibited all cryptocurrency advertisements on his platform, since and I price quote, they are often connected with deceptive or misleading advertising practices, quote unquote.
Then previously this year, Facebook rolled back the cryptocurrency include band purchased a blockchain business and revealed his own cryptocurrency.
So inform us what modification.
You alter your policy when it benefits you You restored crypto currency advertisements since you had strategies to begin your own crypto currency.
So this brings me back to your brand-new policy on political speech.
My concern to you is, how does this brand-new policy advantage you?
Because it appears that a policy that permits political leaders to lie, misinform and trick Would likewise permit Facebook to offer more advertisements to those political leaders, therefore making your business more cash.
Look, from a service point of view, the really little percent of our service that is comprised of political advertisements does not come anywhere near to validating the debate that this sustains for our business.
So this truly is not about cash.
This is on concept I think in providing individuals a voice.
I think that advertisements can be a fundamental part of voice.
I believe specifically in the political procedure for opposition prospects, and for regional prospects, and for advocacy groups whose message may not otherwise be covered by the media.
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Let me interupt you for a minute.
Are you informing me, I believe as you’ve stated to me prior to, you intend on doing no reality monitoring on political advertisements?
Chairwoman, our policy is that we do not reality check political leader speech And the factor for that is that our company believe that in a democracy, it is necessary that individuals can see on their own what political leaders are stating.
Why Switzerland for Libra?
Why not the United States?
So the Libra association is an independent association.
We were attempting to establish a worldwide payment system.
Switzerland is where a great deal of the worldwide companies are.
The higher regulative certainty in Switzerland and here in the United States for this kind of innovation.
I believe Switzerland has actually definitely been forward leaning on wishing to resolve systems like this, however I do not desire this to come across as if,
And the United States is not Congressman, among the important things that I simply wish to be clear on is that the separately Bristoe Station is independent, we belong of it, we assisted stand it up, we do not manage it, however I simply wish to ensure it’s 100% cleared everybody today that my dedication running Facebook
Is that we’re not gonna release anything that is an item or a part of this till we have complete assistance from United States regulators.
You see alipay and we talk pay working.
Why not simply do a Facebook variation of alipay, in order to level this.
A part of the facilities that they’re constructing on is a lot more modern-day than Then a few of what we would need to construct on here.
As quickly as we advanced the white paper around the Libra job, China right away revealed a public personal collaboration dealing with business like that to extend the work that they’d currently made with Alipay into a digital [UNKNOWN] as part of the Belt and Road Initiative that they have.
And they’re intending on releasing that in the next couple of months.
Will you dedicate to waiting till you get approval from every United States regulator that Libra results prior to you’ll support introducing Libra?
Yes or No?
Congresswoman, all of the regulators that have jurisdiction over a part of what we’re doing, we are dealing with them and will look for approval from At PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, Stripe, Booking Holdings, eBay, and Mercado Pago.
You’ve lost these steady partners, I would state, and I discover it extremely worrying.
Very briefly, what do you make from these abrupt departures from the association and why act of these charter members
Have issues that whether you depend on the job of satisfying our cash laundering and regulative requirements.
This job is too huge for any one business to do by itself, which is why we we established this Independent Liberal Association with a variety of other business and non earnings.
It’s a really intricate job and as you state it’s dangerous.
Why are they left.
I believe you’d need to inquire particularly for
Why do you believe they left?
I believe since it’s a dangerous job which there’s been a great deal of analysis.
Yes, it’s a dangerous job.
16.8 million as verified by the Department of Justice Of the 18.4 million world large reports of kid sexual assault product are on Facebook.
How much is this figure growing every year, and if you enact end to end file encryption what will end up being of the kids who will be hurt as an outcome?
That they’re not reported.
Child exploitation is among the most severe risks that we concentrate on.
What is Facebook doing?
16.8 of the 18.4 million?
Those reports originate from Facebook.
The reason there’s the huge bulk originated from Facebook, is since I believe we work more difficult than any other business to recognize this habits.
what are you doing to shut this down?
These account pitch dreadful prohibited material that makes use of ladies and kids.
What are you doing, Mr.
Zuckerberg to shut this down?
Well Congresswoman, we construct advanced systems to discover this habits.
16.8 million and growing?
Of the 18.4 images?
Congressmen, I do not believe Facebook is the put on the web where this habits is taking place.
I believe the reality that the huge bulk of those reports originate from us show the reality that we really do a much better task than others of discovering it and acting upon it.
Why should our company believe what you and Calibra are stating about safeguarding consumer personal privacy and monetary information?
We definitely have work to do to construct trust.
I believe that the settlement and order that we participated in with the FTC will assist us set a brand-new requirement for our market in regards to rigor for the personal privacy program that we’re constructing.
Zuckerberg, is Facebook able to be guarantee us that it will support user’s reasonable In open conversation and interactions connected to the dangers along with the advantages to vaccinations.
We do care deeply about providing individuals a voice and flexibility of expression.
Those are a few of the starting worths of hte business.
At the very same time we likewise hear consistantly from our neighborhood that individuals desire us to stop the spread of false information So what we do is we attempt to concentrate on false information that has the possible to cause physical damage or impending damage.
And that can consist of specifically deceptive health suggestions.
Are you 100% positive that vaccines posture no injury to anyone on this world?
Congressman, I do not believe it would be possible for anybody to be 100% positive, however my understanding of the clinical agreement is that it is necessary that individuals get their vaccines.
Is Culebra, Facebook?
Okay, Congressman, there are 2 companies here.
There is the independent [INAUDIBLE] association.
Yep, that’s what I’m wishing to learn more about.
Which is a non earnings.
So it’s not a for earnings [INAUDIBLE] either there is [INAUDIBLE]
So how is [INAUDIBLE] How does the ballot, here’s what I’m attempting to get up.
How does the ballot go?
Is it what David [UNKNOWN] states.
it is what Facebook states or is it You can be over ruled by others in the association?
Right now there are 21 business, and non earnings,
There are a lot more that wish to sign up with.
Each business and non earnings company that’s a member has one vote in choosing the board.
Right now there are 5 board members.
Will you dedicate, That Facebook will not censor any political advertisement put on your platform or in assistance of President Donald Trump.
My dedication on this is that, or the concept a minimum of here, is that our company believe that individuals must have the ability to see on their own what political leaders are stating.
That does not simply choose.
For Trump that chooses any of the prospects for any of our nationwide workplaces.
People require to be able to see on their own and have the ability to make judgments on what the prospects are stating and their character.
Well, I praise you for that.
And I do not desire you to be bullied by political leaders to relinquish our valued totally free speech under the very first change.
As your code presently exists, can you negotiate anonymously with LIBRA?
Certainly would be possible to construct a system that would permit that.
I believe that there’s a policy concern About what the constraints are that requirement to be put on that.
Do you understand who the company that you use for civil liberties is?
Congressman, I do not understand off the top.
How could you not understand when you have utilized the most historic, the biggest civil liberties company?
To handle problems that are significant, and this is what’s so discouraging to me, it’s nearly like you believe this is a joke, when you have actually destroyed the lives of lots of people victimized them.
Do you understand what portion of African Americans on Facebook in contrast to bulk folks, do you understand what the portions are?
People utilizing the Facebook.
Do you understand what the portions are for African Americans?
I do not since we do not gather the bigotry.
Well, it came out in a report and in the Pew Research Center that was sent out to you, so possibly you simply do not check out a great deal of things that handle civil liberties are African Americans.
I have a great deal of concerns I’m gonna send out to you that I’m not gonna have the ability to make it through.
And I would like a response since this is terrible and revolting to me.
And I [UNKNOWN] bad.
I’m nearly lured to ask you because you can’t lie to Congress.
When you were compared to Mr. Trump, did you take that as a compliment?
No do not respond to, that was a joke.
At completion the day, who’s going to be accountable if Libra stops working?
Well congressman I believe the point of the one to one reserve support is to avoid the type of utilize that you see in the standard banking market.
But it simply would not be possible when utilizing a basket of currencies, therefore I believe that the primary concern I truly wish to have addressed is If LIBOR stops working, who’s going to be accountable for that?
Well Congressman the the LIBOR Association will have the reserve.
But I comprehend that this is an essential concern and this is among the important things that will be dealing with Fsock and other regulators to ensure that we have an option that fulfills their requirements.
You’ve discussed you’re not gonna blend social and payment information, right?
And I believe that is essential to keep that difference.
I’m a trust however confirmed type of an individual.
So what regulative oversight are you happy to register for to guarantee that that holds true?
Cuz I do not always simply trust you to do that.
Well Congressman, my understanding is the FCC order that we simply participated in methods that we’re going to need to accredit that, at each level of the business, every supervisor who is managing a group that includes individuals’s individual information, is going to need to accredit on a quarterly basis, that they are not, to the very best of their understanding, their group is promoting the personal privacy dedications that we’ve made But if in some way hackers discover a method to hack the innovation who will be accountable?
Congressman, I believe that that depends upon where precisely the security vulnerability is.
And if it’s within our services, then I would presume that we will be accountable.
If it remains in another part of the independent Libra Association.
Then it may be somebody else.
But this is gonna be something that I would envision the regulators will evaluate.
This would produce either monetary stability or other kinds of issues that we have actually spoken about today.
Zuckerberg, as you understand Facebook can be often an unkind location.
Both towards my individual look and today obviously towards your hairstyle.
But, as a mom of a teenage kid, I simply wish to state thanks for modeling the route.
You’ve got about 15 thousand professionals seeing murders, stabbing, suicides, and other gruesome revolting videos for material small amounts, remedy?
Yes, I think that that is right.
You pay a number of those employees under $30,000 a year and you have actually cut them off from psychological health care when they leave the business, even if they have PTSD since of the work for your business.
Is that remedy?
Congresswoman, my understanding is we pay everybody consisting of the contracters connected with the business At least a $15 a base pay and markets and cities where there’s a high expense of living that’s a $20 base pay.
We head out of our method to provide.
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I understand that there’s several manner ins which you have the ability to gather information for people.
So I’m asking you for those folks who do not have a Fcaebook account.
What are you doing to assist them position limitations on the details that your business has about them?
Congresswoman, my understanding is not that we construct profiles for individuals who are not on our servers.
There might be signals which apps and other things sent us that may consist of individuals who remain in our neighborhood.
But I do not believe we consist of those in any type of an understanding of who an individual is if the individual isn’t on our service.
So I value that what actions do you understand particularly are being taken or are you happy to require to guarantee that individuals who do not have a Facebook account have that power to restrict the information that your business’s gathering?
Congresswoman what I’m Trying to interact is that I think that that holds true.
Do you think in what you are constructing?
So, yes or no.
Would you leave your kids’s inheritance in Libra?
Do you think in what you’re constructing?
Yes, I do and and-
Would you leave your kids’s inheritance in Libra?
I believe it’s a reasonable concern, since you have actually shown that we cannot trust you with our e-mails, with our telephone number.
So why should we trust you with our difficult made money?
Reclaiming my time.
If you can respond to yes or no would you leave your kids’s inheritance in Libra?
Congresswoman, I would since it’ll be back one to one by-
All right, carrying on.
We’re lacking time here.
What year and month Did you personally initially end up being conscious of Cambridge Analytica I’m uncertain the precise time however it was most likely around the time when it ended up being public, I believe it was around March of 2018, I might be incorrect though.
Mm hm, and
I’m really as you are asking this, I I do believe I knew Cambridge Analytica as an entity previously.
I do not understand if I was tracking how they were utilizing Facebook, particularly.
When was the concern gone over with your board member, Peter Thiel?
Congresswoman, I do not understand that off-hand.
You do not understand.
This is the biggest information scandal with regard to your business that had devastating effect on the 2016 election.
You do not understand?
Well congresswoman I’m sure we discussed it after it understood what took place.
You revealed just recently that the main policy of Facebook now permits political leaders to pay to spread out disinformation in 2020 elections and in the future.
So I simply wanna understand how far I can press this in the next year.
To your policy utilizing census information too, could I pay to target primarily black postal code and promote them the inaccurate election date?
No congresswoman, you could not.
We have even for these policies around The newsworthiness of material that political leaders state and the basic concept that I think that
But you stated you’re not going to reality examine my advertisements.
If anybody consisting of a political leader is stating things that is requiring violence or might run the risk of impending physical damage or citizen or sense of suppression when we present the sense of suppression Policy, we will take that material out.
So you will?.
There is some limit where you will reality examine political ads is that what you’re informing me?.
Well, congresswoman yes and for particular things like that.
How much wealth and power is excessive for a single personal corporation?
And just how much wealth and power is excessive for you?
Well, Congressman, I believe you might misinterpret my intention.
So I, I’m definitely refraining from doing this since I’m attempting to make more cash.
I’ve devoted that.
I’m going to Give 99% of the Facebook shares away throughout my life to humanitarian causes through the Chan Zuckerberg effort with my partner.
So earning money is definitely not my primary intention here.
I am attempting to utilize the position that I have To do things that I believe are gonna make the world much better and they’re gonna enhance individuals’s lives.
And I would hope that’s what you would desire me to do.
I suggest, we remain in a unique position.
[LAUGH] Thank you for your response.
Let me simply state this, from all that I have actually heard in the last month plus entering into this hearing, and your testaments today This afternoon, I believe that Facebook has actually obtained excessive power, it has actually ended up being too huge, and we must seriously think about breaking it up.
Today we’re here to analyze the effect of Facebook on the monetary services and real estate sectors.