At Zuckerberg hearing, Colorado’s Diana DeGette tells CEO that Facebook’s days of self-regulation may be numbered

At Zuckerberg hearing, Colorado’s Diana DeGette tells CEO that Facebook’s days of self-regulation may be numbered

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette raised the prospect that Congress might have to impose new rules on social media during a closely watched hearing Wednesday on Capitol Hill that featured Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as the witness.

“We’ve been relying on self-regulation in your industry for the most part,” DeGette, D-Denver, told Zuckerberg. “We’re trying to explore what we can do to prevent further (data) breaches.”

The brief exchange was part of a two-day grilling Zuckerberg has faced from Congress over how Facebook user data was improperly used to influence the 2016 election.

“We continue to have these abuses and these data breaches but at the same time it doesn’t seem like future activities are prevented,” said DeGette, a member of the House Energy and Commerce committee, which hosted Zuckerberg.

“I think one of the things that we need to look at in the future as we work with you and others in the industry is putting really robust penalties in place in case of improper actions,” she added.

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