2 Days, 10 Hours, 600 Questions: What Happened When Mark Zuckerberg Went to Washington

2 Days, 10 Hours, 600 Questions: What Happened When Mark Zuckerberg Went to Washington


Zuckerberg’s Testimony, Explained

Senator John Kennedy told Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, that his company’s user agreement “sucks.” Our reporter Sheera Frenkel explains the senator’s questions, Mr. Zuckerberg’s answers and what they really mean.

By SHEERA FRENKEL and GRANT GOLD on Publish Date April 11, 2018.

Photo by Tom Brenner/The New York Times.

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Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder, endured a rite of passage this week that other powerful executives have gone through before: a public grilling before Congress.
Over two days, nearly 100 lawmakers in the House and Senate interrogated Mr. Zuckerberg about the company’s handling of user information. He faced almost 600 questions, including whether the company should be more heavily regulated, whether it intentionally censors conservative content and how much Russians may have meddled..

Senators Had a Lot to Say About Facebook. That Hasn’t Stopped Them From Using It.

Senators Had a Lot to Say About Facebook. That Hasn’t Stopped Them From Using It. Photo From left, Senators Cory Gardner, Shelley Moore Capito and Todd Young listening to Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony at a congressional hearing on Tuesday. Credit Lawrence Jackson for The New York Times With respect to Facebook, United States senators don’t seem to be too different from many of us: They don’t necessarily trust it, but they’re not ready to quit it.
Even as the members of the Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees were questioning Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, during a nearly five-hour hearing on Tuesday, many of them were feeding content back into the site.
The most active, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, posted more than 20 times during Mr. Zuckerberg’s two days on Capitol Hill.
All 44 of the senators who questioned Mr. Zuckerberg on Tuesday have pages on the platform he built. At least 35 of them have two Facebook pages, with many using one page for official Senate communicat..

Independent coffee shops call for major chains to offer more sustainable cups

A group of independent coffee shops has called on major chains to offer more sustainable cups.
To mark the start of London Coffee Festival, nine companies have signed an open letter in which they described the need for coffee giants like Starbucks to lead the way in the fight against plastic waste.
The move comes after Waitrose announced it would phase out disposable coffee cups in stores by autumn, and new figures revealed that NHS trusts in England get through millions of cups every year.
Read more Starbucks: Bring in fully recyclable takeaway cups London shops including Timberyard Seven Dials, Chief Coffee and Stir have called on their major rivals to step up their game and help combat plastic pollution.
“As members of the coffee retail community, we want to tackle this crisis,” they wrote.
“Until the major players in our market invest in more sustainable solutions, there will be little systemic change.”
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Fed Officials Have Concerns About Trade, March Meeting Minutes Show

Fed Officials Have Concerns About Trade, March Meeting Minutes Show Photo Jerome H. Powell, the Federal Reserve chairman. Minutes of the Fed’s March meeting, the first under Mr. Powell, showed officials raising concerns about a potential trade war. Credit Lyndon French for The New York Times WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Board policymakers raised concerns at their March meeting about the prospect of the United States heading into a global trade war, zeroing in on potential harm to American farmers such a clash would cause, according to minutes of the meeting released by the Fed on Wednesday.
The officials also expressed uncertainty about how newly enacted tax cuts would affect the economy, partly because the cuts are expected to exacerbate the swelling of federal budget deficits, and because some of the cuts are to expire in the years ahead. Policymakers also expressed unanimous, increased confidence in the strength of the country’s economic recovery, even accounting for trade and tax u..

Can British Airways owner IAG fly off with Norwegian and its low cost model?

Norwegian's beleaguered shares took flight when it emerged that International Airlines Group had been buying them up with a view to entering talks about a deal
Can British Airways owner International Airlines Group (IAG) make a deal for Norwegian Air fly?
It has turned up unannounced in the low cost carrier’s departure lounge, brandishing its corporate cheque book.
IAG’s boss Willie Walsh is clearly hoping that the 4.6 per cent stake his company has quietly built up will grant him priority boarding and the right to talk to Norwegian’s punchy pilot Bjorn Kos, who controls a quarter of the company's stock, about buying the plane out.
Read more Is British Airways gearing up to take over Norwegian Air? Why Norwegian Air's £69 flights to New York are a real game-changer The airline charging passengers just £69 to fly to New York Given the way the previously low flying shares have taken off, the price could be a high one.
Norwegian has been busy ruffling feathers thro..

US tariffs battle with China threatens global trade growth, warns WTO

Global trade grew at its fastest for six years in 2017, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) revealed on Thursday, and the outlook is positive – but only if tensions between major economies do not escalate into a full blown trade war.
According to the WTO’s figures, the volume of world merchandise trade grew by 4.7 per cent, by far exceeding the 3.6 per cent forecast in September last year, and well above the 1.8 per cent growth in 2016. Based on improved business and consumer confidence, the WTO estimates world trade will grow nearly as fast this year as they did last year, at 4.4 per cent, with growth of 4 per cent in 2019.
Read more IMF boss warns trade protectionism will only hurt the world's poorest China files trade complaint against US at the WTO over steel tariffs China says it will defeat US in any trade war and stand up to Trump Roberto Azevedo, director general of the WTO, said: “This is good news. It represents the best run of trade expansion since before the crisi..