During a hearing before members of the EU Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt, a Belgian MEP, questioned how Mark Zuckerberg wants to be remembered.
In a hearing before members of EU Parliament, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed the social media company’s recent Cambridge Analytica data scandal which allegedly saw the personal information of 87 million users accessed without their expresss permission. Zuckerberg also reaffirmed the company’s commitment to Europe, noting the Facebook offices in Ireland and England, and the large number of A.I. developers they employ in France.
During the hearing, Belgian MEP and chair of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, Guy Verhofstadt, questioned Mark Zuckerberg’s legacy and asked him how he felt he would be remembered when compared to other industry leaders such as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Before questioning Zuckerberg’s legacy, Verhofstadt asked Zuckerberg if Facebook was a monopoly and would he be open to allowing antitrust regulators to investigate whether or not the social media firm is a monopoly.
Verhofstadt then stated:
On a more personal note, I really think we have a big problem here. And it’s not solved by saying we’re going to fix it ourselves. And you have to ask yourself how you will be remembered. As one of the three big internet giants together with Steve Jobs and Bill Gates who have enriched our world and societies, or on the other hand, the genius that created a digital monster that is destroying our democracies and our societies. That is a question you have to put to yourself.
Watch the full hearing below: