Lesson Plan: 2018 Senate and House Facebook Hearings

Sen. Thune's (R-SD) Opening Statement at the Facebook Privacy Hearing

At the joint hearing the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees in which Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified, Senator John Thune (R-SD) gave opening remarks. He talked about the problems associated with data privacy and the Cambridge Analytica scandal.


On April 10 and April 11, 2018, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified to Senate and House committees about recent problems involving consumer privacy, advertising and censorship on Facebook. The topics discussed by the different Senators and Representatives ranged from issues like restricting content to how Facebook uses personal data when selling advertisements. The committees also discussed with Mr. Zuckerberg the best way to regulate these issues. This lesson breaks up the hearing into three issues that students can research and discuss as a class. The themes include: how Facebook reviews and restricts content, how Facebook uses user date to sell advertisements, and if the issues with Facebook and other similar platforms should be regulated by the government.


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  • Advertisement
  • Algorithm
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Audit
  • Authorization
  • Business Model
  • Cambridge Analytica
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Community Standards
  • Competition
  • Compliance
  • Conservative
  • Consumers
  • Data Breach
  • Factcheckers
  • Fair Housing Laws
  • Fake News
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • First Amendment
  • Food And Drug Administration
  • Forum
  • Hate Speech
  • Hearing
  • Innovation
  • Issue Ads
  • Legislation
  • Misinformation
  • Monetize
  • Negligence
  • Neutral
  • Nuanced
  • Opt-in
  • Platform
  • Prescription
  • Privacy
  • Regulation
  • Russia
  • Sanctioned
  • Scrape


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