This week, I read the New York Times article, “Facebook’s Zuckerberg Said to Agree to Testify Before Congress Over Data Privacy”, it followed the story I have been covering for the past few weeks; the investigation on Facebook’s privacy breaches. Zuckerberg has been asked to testify before the House Judiciary and Commerce Committees as well as the Senate. It is not of the norm for Zuckerberg to testify himself, in the past major Silicon Valley chief executives have been sparse but have incurred major political coverage.
The controversy over the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook privacy breeches have not subsided. It was recently confirmed that the Federal Trade Commission was conducting a thorough investigation of Facebook. In past hearings, Zuckerberg has lacked in attendance which has frustrated lawmakers.
This article again, shines a light on the access to personal data by big media corporations. However, I’m more interested in the effect the Facebook article had on other forms of media. Recently an article by The Onion was published as a satirical response to the investigation.
It pokes fun at the fact that Zuckerberg has gained all this information about millions of people and can now use it to defend himself in a case he is being questioned about for just that. In addition to satirical articles, many memes have been made on Twitter and other social media sites. Despite the severity of the case, it truly shows the desensitization of major news through social media as its filtered through users.