>> Congressional testimony of this magnitude is must-see TV. Irate lawmakers getting their chance Tuesday to swing at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for a massive data scandal and the social network's failure to stop Russia from toying with voters' emotions during the 2016 election. But for all that grandstanding before TV cameras, lawmakers may miss a major opportunity says Reuters' Breaking News columnist, Jen Saba.
>> The risk is that congressional members are gonna ask superficial questions of Mark Zuckerberg, and not fully understand the technology behind Facebook and what Facebook is doing. So they need to ask questions like how is Facebook specifically guiding data? Who has access to the data? How are they protecting it?
What can consumers know about their use of data? Questions like that.>> With more than two billion people around the world uploading photos and sharing all kinds of personal data knowingly and unknowingly. Critics say lawmakers also need to ask tough questions whether Facebook has too much data, too much power and is just too big to manage.
>> This should really be about Facebook, it shouldn't be about Mark Zuckerberg, because Facebook is much larger than Mark Zuckerberg. Mark Zuckerberg has to convince lawmakers that his company is capable of guarding all of this on their own. So far, he hasn't made a good case for this
>> And the same goes for Facebook knowing who's getting access to its users. Zuckerberg has yet to prove Facebook can police itself, and prevent the kind of tampering the Russians did without Washington stepping in. Regulators in Europe are already clamping down. And US law makers on both sides of the aisle are asking out loud whether it's time America does the same.