Before I start, I wanna include my voice to those honoring congressman John Lewis in his service to our nation.
America has actually lost a genuine hero who never ever stopped defending the rights of everyone.
Chairman Sileni, Ranking Member Sensenbrenner, members of the subcommittee Thank you for the chance to affirm.
The tech market is an American success story.
The items we develop have actually altered the world and enhance individuals’s lives.
Our market is among the manner ins which America shares its worths with the world and among our biggest financial and cultural exports.
Facebook belongs to the story.
We began with a concept to offer individuals the power to share and link.
And we constructed services and billions of individuals discover helpful.
I’m proud that we have actually provided individuals who have actually never ever had a voice prior to the chance to be heard, and provided small companies access to tools, that just the biggest gamers utilized to have Since covid emerged, I’m proud that individuals have actually utilized our services to remain in touch with family and friends, who they can’t be with face to face and to keep their small companies running online when physical shops are closed.
I think that Facebook and the United States tech market are a force for development and empowering individuals.
But I acknowledge that there are issues about the size and power of tech business.
Our services have to do with connection, and our service design is marketing.
And we deal with extreme competitors in both.
Many of our rivals have numerous millions or billions of users.
Some are upstarts, however others are gatekeepers with the power to choose if we can even launch our apps And their app shops to take on them.
In numerous locations, we lag our rivals.
Most Popular messaging service in the United States is iMessage.
The fastest growing app is TikTok.
The most popular app for video is YouTube.
The fastest growing advertisements platform is Amazon.
The biggest advertisements platform is Google.
And for every single dollar invested in marketing in the United States, less than 10 cents is invested with us.
We’re here to speak about online platforms, however I believe the real nature of competitors is much more comprehensive.
When Google purchased YouTube, they might complete versus the dominant gamer in video, which was the cable television market.
When Amazon purchased Whole Foods, they might complete versus Kroger’s and Walmart.
When Facebook purchased WhatsApp, we can complete versus telcos you’re utilized to charge $0.10 a text, however not any longer.
Now individuals can see video, get groceries provided and send out personal messages totally free.
New business are produced all the time all over the world.
And history reveals that if we do not keep innovating, somebody will change every business here today.
That modification can frequently occur faster than you anticipate.
of the 10 most important business, a years back, just 3 still make that list today.
If you take a look at where the leading innovation business has actually originated from a years back, the large bulk were American.
Today, nearly half are Chinese.
Aside from competitors, there are other major concerns connected to the web consisting of concerns about elections, hazardous material and personal privacy.
And while these are not antitrust concerns and are not particularly the subject these days’s hearing, I acknowledge that we were frequently at the center of these conversations.
We develop platforms for sharing concepts and essential arguments play out throughout our services.
I think that this eventually results in more advance, however it suggests we frequently discover ourselves in the middle of deep differences about social concerns.
In high stakes elections, I personally do not think that personal business must be making a lot of choices about these concerns on their own.
And that’s why in 2015, I made the case that there requires to be brand-new policy for the web.
Facebook represents set of standard concepts.
Giving individuals voice and financial chance, keeping individuals safe.
supporting democratic customs like flexibility of expression and ballot, and allowing an open and competitive market.
These are basic worths for the majority of us, however not for everybody worldwide, not for every business we take on or the nations they represent.
And as worldwide competitors boosts There is no warranty that our worths will triumph.
I’m happy with the services we develop and how they enhance individuals’s lives.
We complete hard, we complete relatively, we attempt to be the very best.
That’s what I was taught matters in this nation.
And when we are successful, it’s since we provide excellent experiences that individuals like.
Thank you, and I eagerly anticipate addressing your concerns.
Thank you and I thank the witnesses for your opening declarations.