Facebook is under fire for various data breaches involving users’ data and privacy. On Tuesday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in the hot seat, taking questions from U.S. Senators in both political parties.
One revealing moment was a question from Senator Roger Wicker, a Republican from Mississippi who asked if the tech giant was able to track users’ various activity on the Internet — even after they’ve signed off or logged out of Facebook.
Rather than answer the questions directly with a simple “yes” or “no” answer, Zuckerberg took the position that he really didn’t know and promised to get back to the senator privately when the public won’t be watching.
Here’s how the exchange went, followed by the video:
Senator Roger Wicker: “There have been reports that Facebook can track a user’s Internet browsing activity even after that user has logged off of the Facebook platform. Can you confirm whether or not this is true?”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: “Senator, I want to make sure I get this accurate. It would probably be better to have my team follow up.”
Sen. Wicker: “You don’t know?”
Wicker: “When you get back to me, sir. Would you also let me know how Facebook discloses to their users that engaging in this type of tracking give us that result?”
Did you know that Facebook can track your online movement even when you’re not using their service? I sure didn’t and I’ll bet the majority of users don’t know this interesting little tidbit if it is true.
By Zuckerberg’s evasive answer, it’s highly likely that the company does engage in this activity and that he simply didn’t want the embarrassment to be displayed on national television.
Watch the exchange below: