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Kamala Harris grills Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg for deflecting Senate questions: ‘You don’t have answers’

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Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by his own United States senator during a marathon public hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), the former Attorney General of the most populous state, began by lecturing the billionaire over his failure to answer important questions during hours of testimony.

“I have to tell you, I am concerned about how much Facebook values trust and transparency,” Sen. Harris warned. “During the course of this hearing, these last four hours, you have been asked several critical questions for which you do not have answers.”

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“Those questions have included whether Facebook can track users’ browsing activity even after the user has logged off of Facebook, whether Facebook can track your activity across devices even when you are not logged into Facebook,” she listed. “Who is Facebook’s biggest competition?”

“Facebook, and I’m going to assume you personally as a CEO, became aware in December 2015 that Dr. Kogan and Cambridge Analytica misappropriated data from 87 million users,” the former prosecutor noted. “That is 27 months ago, you became aware 27 months ago.”

“A decision was made not to notify the users,” Harris continued. “Were you part of a discussion that … resulted in a decision not to inform your users?” Harris asked.

“I do not remember a conversation like that,” Zuckerberg replied.

The two went back and forth on an issue.

“Senator, in retrospect, I think we clearly view it as a mistake that we did not inform people,” Zuckerberg admitted. “We did that based on false information, we thought the case was closed and the data was deleted.”

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“There was a decision made not to inform the users, is that correct?” Sen. Harris asked.

“Yes,” Zuckerberg answered. “In retrospect, I think that was a mistake. Knowing what we know now, we should have handled things differently.”

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Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks governor’s effort to postpone election — and protect voters from COVID-19

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Hours after Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order postponing this week's election to June, the state Supreme Court ordered the election must proceed as scheduled.

BREAKING: The Wisconsin Supreme Court has blocked Gov. Tony Evers' executive order postponing the spring election in the state. Tomorrow's election IS BACK ON https://t.co/nZz9D4IsA3

— Zach Montellaro (@ZachMontellaro) April 6, 2020

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Trump says governors are ‘very happy’ with the job he’s doing — even though they’re begging him for more supplies

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At the latest coronavirus task force press briefing on Monday, President Donald Trump boasted that "every one" of the state governors in America are "very happy" with the job he is doing to help them combat coronavirus.

His claim is at odds with numerous governors who have complained that the federal government is not doing enough to coordinate the delivery of medical equipment and forcing them into bidding wars with other states.

Trump even tried to add later in the speech that Gov. J. B. Pritzker (D-IL) was "a happy man" even though "he may not be happy when he talks to the press."

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There’s a horrifying history of leaders saying there’s a ‘light at the end of the tunnel’

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President Donald Trump rang out in an all-caps tweet Monday morning "LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL!" It was a comment he echoed from his Sunday press conference saying that the U.S. is in the home stretch of the coronavirus crisis. He went on to say that he anticipated the country reopening in a few weeks.

The quote was one that Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty noted was one that many other leaders have used at frightening times.

"It is difficult to imagine a poorer, more chilling choice of words," she wrote. "Or one that more illuminates, if inadvertently, the consequences of the mixed-messages that Trump continues to send."

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