Louisiana Republican Senator John Kennedy did not hold back on Tuesday when he expressed his thoughts to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the social media’s platform user agreement.
“Your user agreement sucks,” Kennedy told Zuckerberg during a hearing before the Senate judiciary and commerce committees. “The purpose of the user agreement is to cover Facebook’s rear end.”
Zuckerberg tried to assure the senator that the company continues to provide users the right to prohibit Facebook from sharing one’s personal data.
“I think people already have that full control in the system already today,” Zuckerberg said. “If we are not communicating this clearly, then that’s a big thing that we should work on.”
Kennedy called Facebook a “digital utopia” filled with “mind fields” that can be fixed by Zuckerberg without the government imposing regulations.
“There are going to be a whole bunch of bills introduced to regulate Facebook,” Kennedy said. “It’s up to you whether they pass it or not.”
The senator credited Zuckerberg for creating an “extraordinary American company” that has accomplished a lot of positive things throughout the world.
“There are some impurities in the Facebook punchbowl, and they gotta be fixed,” Kennedy said.