'Your User Agreement Sucks': Sen. John Kennedy Presses Zuckerberg on Privacy, 'Covering Facebook's Rear End'
Republican Sen. John Kennedy expressed concern over what he called Facebook's "cover your rear end" user agreement, and pressed the company's founder and chief executive on privacy policies and whether his personal information can or has been sold.
"I come in peace," Kennedy, of Louisiana, told Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday. "I don't want to have to vote to regulate Facebook, but I will."
As Kennedy spoke near the close of the first day of the hearing, he said he didn't feel like Zuckerberg was "connecting" with the members of the Commerce and Judiciary committees.
Kennedy said he thinks Zuckerberg is a smart person and a good businessman but said that his "promised digital utopia [has] minefields."
He said that the Facebook user agreement appears to be less of a way for users to know their rights and more like a legal document indemnifying the company against litigation.
"I say this gently: Your user agreement sucks," Kennedy said.
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He said Zuckerberg has the option to go back to California and "spend $10 million on lobbyists" to fight Congressional action or he can help fix the "privacy problem [and] propaganda problem."
"The purpose of that user agreement is to cover Facebook's rear end," he said, adding that it should be rewritten in "plain English" so users know their rights.
Zuckerberg said he "believes in [Kennedy's stated] principles" and added that he does not want people's private information to be used in an untoward manner.
Kennedy said that Facebook users should have stronger abilities to protect their personal data from being shared with solicitors and other groups.
The former state treasurer from Zachary, La. also asked whether Facebook has the "right" or "ability" to share his own data and put his own name on it.
Zuckerberg appeared to agree Facebook did not have the right, but wavered when asked about "ability."
"That would be a massive breach," Zuckerberg told Kennedy.
Kennedy told Tucker Carlson on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" that he only wanted to hear three key words from Zuckerberg: "I'm on it."
"I was mildly disappointed with the hearing," Kennedy said, adding he wanted to hear Zuckerberg say "I'll fix it" when it comes to privacy concerns.
Watch more above, and check back soon for his interview with Tucker.