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In a Congressional hearing meant to discuss Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s plans for “Libra,” a digital currency, two Democratic Congress members attacked Zuckerberg for Facebook’s alleged racism.
Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, claimed Zuckerberg and Facebook have ruined the lives of many African-Americans, and berated Zuckerberg for not knowing the intricacies of Facebook’s Civil Rights task force.
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“This is what’s so frustrating to me, it’s almost like you think this is a joke. When you have ruined the lives of many people, discriminated against them. Do you know what percentage of African Americans are on Facebook, in comparison to majority folks? Do you know what the percentages are?” Beatty asked.
Zuckerberg responded that he did not know because Facebook allegedly does not collect the races of people using the social networking site.
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Beatty claimed Zuckerberg probably doesn’t read things that have to do with African Americans.
This hearing was intended to be on Libra, the cryptocurrency Facebook is set to launch in 2020. It was not set to be a trial of Zuckerberg or Facebook’s discrimination policies.
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In another face-off, Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, pressed the CEO about the minority representation in Libra’s projects.
“Of the 21 [Libra associations] how many are headed by women?” Green asked.
“Congressman, I do not know...
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