Sputnik discussed this with Pal Steigan, writer, critic, political veteran and web editor of steigan.no.
Sputnik: What are your thoughts on the recent statements made by Mark Zuckerberg on Capitol Hill? Did any of them come as a surprise to you?
Pal Steigan: I think that he was left off the hook because the senators and Congress people, they don't really understand social media and he had very light game during his job there, and I also think that the senators really didn't want to go into the depth of what Facebook is because that goes to the heart of the American information and security system. Many people know that Facebook is the brainchild and the child of the CIA; it has cooperated very narrowly with the CIA as we have learned from the disclosures of Edward Snowden, and it has also been very close to the NSA, which is another spy organization in the US, and these matters are not touched upon.
Mr. Zuckerberg is not telling the truth, he is already doing regulations in corporations with many states and he has promised Frau Merkel in Germany to corporate with EU and Germany on so-called hate speech and other undesired expressions of thought on Facebook, so I don't think he's very faithful to truth in this sense. When he says they're not going to share user information as much as in the past, I don't think that this is in accordance with the truth either because the whole business idea of Facebook is to share user information with their clients, Facebook is nothing except for our user data, so I don't think this is the truth and Mr. Zuckerberg is only the front for the whole operation of brainwashing for the use of the Internet for this.
Sputnik: Mark Zuckerberg when speaking about Cambridge Analytica said his company was in an arms race with Russia what do you think about that?
Sputnik: Some experts have expressed concern that Russia was being used as a scapegoat in the whole Cambridge Analytica scandal, to what extent do you think that is the case?
Pal Steigan: The whole Russia-gate thing is an invention of the Democratic National Congress and the Democratic Party, they have since lost the need for explanation on this and Russia comes very handy because it has this Cold War atmosphere in the US and you can blame Russia for almost anything and it goes in the big media and the big media, mainstream media is cooperating on this, so I think it's just another expression of this.
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