The CEOs of the country’s four largest tech companies will testify Wednesday before the House Judiciary’s Subcommittee Antitrust Subcommittee, which is examining the market dominance of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google.
For Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, appearances before Congress are becoming old hat: This will be his third such hearing since 2018.
The last time, on October 23, 2019, he left with a homework assignment: to answer more than 100 questions that Democratic representatives believed weren’t sufficiently answered during his testimony. CBS News obtained his written responses, dated December 30, 2019, which have not been previously published. Here are five of the questions and answers followed by the entire document.
Questions about discrimination and civil rights
Representative Maxine Waters cited a study that found extreme disparities in how advertisers for job listings targeted their audiences, noting that “in one extreme case, advertisements for jobs in the lumber industry reached 72% White and 90% male audience.”
Waters: “What is Facebook doing to ensure that ads are not used to discriminate? Will you commit to making Facebook’s ads algorithms transparent?”