Sen. Kennedy to Zuckerberg: Your User Agreement Sucks. Fix it.


Senator John Kennedy, a Republican from Louisiana, was questioning Zuckerberg on Facebook's user agreement, which he said is too complicated, is created to protect Facebook and not to inform users of their rights.

"Here's what everybody's been trying to tell you today - and I say this gently - your user agreement sucks", Kennedy told Zuckerberg, referencing the lengthy legal terms people accept when signing up for the massive social media site.

Kennedy bluntly told Zuckerberg his company's user agreement was bad and exclusively aimed at protect Facebook and not its users rights.

"You can spike me 75 IQ points, if I can figure it out you can figure it out", he added. "That would be a start", Senator Kennedy told Zuckerberg.

"I think you do enormous good, but your power sometimes scares me", Kennedy told Facebook's general counsel Colin Stretch at an October hearing on potential Russian interference in the 2016 election. "But tell them you want it written in English and non-Swahili".

Kennedy told Tucker Carlson on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" that he only wanted to hear three key words from Zuckerberg: "I'm on it". "What we tried to tell him is that look, Facebook is an extraordinary company, and you have done magical things". "But our promised digital Utopia, we have discovered has mine fields".

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He said Zuckerberg has the option to go back to California and "spend $10 million on lobbyists" to fight Congressional action or he can help fix the "privacy problem [and] propaganda problem".

Zuckerberg's Capitol Hill apology came as Facebook began sending alert to 87 million users.

"There are going to be a whole bunch of bills introduced to regulate Facebook", Kennedy said. "It's the last thing I want to do, but by golly, I will vote to do it if he is not going to really sit down and be serious about this", Kennedy said.

CNN's Erin Burnett asked Kennedy about the hearing, and she included a question about the "outrage" about his use of "Swahili", a language spoken in East Africa.

"No, there's nothing to apologize for", Kennedy replied.