U.S. Senator Bill Nelson

Serving Florida

Nelson meets with Zuckerberg

By Alex Leary, Tampa Bay Times
Apr 9, 2018
Florida Sen. Bill Nelson met for an hour Monday with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and said he found him "forthright" about addressing security issues but Nelson is not confident much will happen under the Trump administration.
 
"The message I wanted to convey to him is that if we don't rein in the misuse of social media, none of us are going to have any privacy anymore."
 
Nelson is the top Democrat on the Commerce Committee, which will hear Tuesday from Zuckerberg.
 
The meeting today drew a huge crowd of reporters, giving Nelson national exposure on the same day Gov. Rick Scott announced he'll challenge Nelson, who is seeking a fourth term.
 
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Later, Nelson issued this statement:
 
"I just met one-on-one with Mr. Zuckerberg and in no uncertain terms reminded him that Facebook has a responsibility to its users to protect our personal data.
 
Facebook failed us.
 
Not only did they fail to safeguard the personal information of millions of users, they concealed it from us – and this is not the first time the company mishandled user information.
 
Only now are they coming clean and informing those who have had their information compromised and telling us they are going to make things right.
 
Meantime, we still don't know what Cambridge Analytica and other third parties have done with the data they collected.
 
That's why I've ask Chairman Thune to haul Cambridge Analytica in to answer these questions at a separate hearing. The chairman has given me his assurance he plans to do just that.
 
The bottom line here is if Facebook can't fix its privacy problems then how can Americans trust them to be caretakers of their sensitive information?"