During a congressional hearing before the joint Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees on Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) veered off-course from Facebook’s role in helping spread Russian propaganda during the 2016 presidential election, as well as privacy concerns over its data collection practices, and instead focused on what he complained was the company’s liberal bias.
The hearing with Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg was convened to discuss “Facebook, Social Media Privacy, and the Use and Abuse of Data” and purportedly intended to hone in on how the company collects and protect users’ data.
Instead of focusing on the national security implications of Facebook’s Role in spreading Russian propaganda, Cruz took Zuckeberg to task for, among other things, no sufficiently promoting Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day on the platform.
Naturally, the Internet piled on Cruz. Read some of the best responses below:
Watching Ted Cruz go back and forth with Mark Zuckerberg is a special kind of hell.
— Max Parker (@GameGuyPGH) April 10, 2018
Cruz: I don’t understand why the crops die if you don’t log in—people have lives
Zuckerberg: I’m sorry, Ted, but Facebook doesn’t control FarmVille pic.twitter.com/HkJxr0lEmj
— Samantha Ruddy (@samlymatters) April 10, 2018
OMG, Ted Cruz just dragged Zuckerberg for blocking Diamond & Silk’s page. Definitely a national priority!
— Joshua Green (@JoshuaGreen) April 10, 2018
It seemed like Ted Cruz was in a different hearing than Zuckerberg and everyone else. One where the fate of Chick-Fil-A’s Appreciation Day was the victim of a vast left-wing conspiracy.
— Aimee Picchi (@aimeepicchi) April 10, 2018
Reminder: all the Cambridge Analytica Data was misappropriated for the Ted Cruz campaign. He’s on the Judiciary Committee. Maybe Zuck can ask him a question?
— Nicholas Thompson (@nxthompson) April 10, 2018
Cruz focusing on bias a nifty way to avoid talking about his 2016 campaign using Cambridge
— Nick Corasaniti (@NYTnickc) April 10, 2018
Ted Cruz: “Mr. Zuckerberg, hypothetically speaking, if a person searches for porn on Facebook will it show up my, I mean, on their timeline?” #Zuckerberg
— Will Presti (@WillPresti) April 10, 2018
ted cruz wants to know why Chick Fil A Appreciation Day didn’t appear more prominently in people’s feeds
— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) April 10, 2018
I never know what’s real and fake anymore. Everything is stupid. https://t.co/pcxF2hi0LZ
— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) April 10, 2018
Here’s Ted Cruz outraged that Facebook “shut down Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.” pic.twitter.com/s9QtSuI3Tu
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) April 10, 2018
Indictment against Russian entities said they developed fictitious online personas to spread derogatory info on social media about Cruz and Rubio in GOP primary. But … https://t.co/RgSGHpipl4
— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) April 10, 2018
*checks into Zuckerberg hearing*
Ted Cruz is complaining that Facebook censors Nazis
*checks out of Zuckerberg hearing*
— Ben Werdmuller (@benwerd) April 10, 2018
you love ted cruz
— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) April 10, 2018
it’s almost unilaterally true that no matter who ted cruz is arguing with, i will side with his opponent
— Molly McHugh (@iammollymchugh) April 10, 2018
other senators: *valid and pertinent questions*
ted cruz: THE BAD MAN TAKE DOWN CHIK-FIL-A APPRECIATION DAY MEMES FROM MY NEWS FEEDS pic.twitter.com/fnjdrphrmX
— Jill Gutowitz (@jillboard) April 10, 2018
Ted Cruz makes Zuck look likable.
— Jeff Elder (@JeffElder) April 10, 2018
ok so far, i think there were some good questions. mark isn’t afraid. ted cruz is a lunatic as always.
— drew olanoff (@yoda) April 10, 2018
Ted Cruz’s line of questioning was the first time I started to side with Zuck this whole hearing.
— Rachel King (@rachelking) April 10, 2018
Cruz: I’m especially concerned by Facebook’s ability to expose decades old unsolved murders…
Zuck: We don’t do that, Senator.
Cruz: Oh… well… it’s still something I’m very concerned with https://t.co/oZJud6waBx
— Steve King (@steveking_) April 10, 2018
Cruz never fails to give new reasons to dislike him. It’s an impressive ability.
— Adam Caudill (@adamcaudill) April 10, 2018
“HOW MANY PURE REPUBLICAN HANDS WERE INVOLVED IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS 5 DOLLAR FOOTLONG?!?!”- Ted Cruz ordering a sandwich at Subway
— The Levine Machine (@Eitanthegoalie) April 10, 2018
Ted Cruz is mad basic
— free kellyanne (@DearSplenda) April 10, 2018
Ted Cruz said Planned Parenthood!
— Renee Bracey Sherman (@RBraceySherman) April 10, 2018
Ted Cruz to Zuckerberg: Why won’t you accept my friend request?
— Stephanie Weber (@steph_eloise) April 10, 2018
Ted Cruz is such a Breitbart shill.
— Violet Blue® (@violetblue) April 10, 2018
i respect senator cruz’s dedication to the chic-fil-a facebook page
— Mira Gonzalez (@miragonz) April 10, 2018
ted cruz is such an unfathomable black hole of charisma he can make anyone seem relatively likable
— Jake Currie (@jakecurrie) April 10, 2018
Ted Cruz: Mr.Zuckerberg, would you say that Facebook is neutral platform?
Zuckerberg: You liked a porn tweet on 9/11
— Mohanad Elshieky (@MohanadElshieky) April 10, 2018
Ted Cruz really just has one of the worst public personas in America.
— Jamal Simmons (@JamalSimmons) April 10, 2018