Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg refused to take any responsibility for the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. He further blamed former US President Donald Trump for his “words” and the people involved in the assault for “their actions”.
At the hearing with the House Energy and Commerce Committee, lawmakers pressed the Facebook CEO to take some responsibility for the attack for facilitating the organization of the attack
“How is it possible for you not to at least admit that Facebook played a leading role in the recruitment, planning, and execution of the attack on the capitol?” asked Democratic Representative Mike Doyle.
“The responsibility lies with the people who took the actions to break the law and do the insurrection,” Zuckerberg said.
He also added, “Secondarily, also with the people who spread that content, including the president but others as well, with repeated rhetoric over time, saying that the election was rigged and encouraging people to organize, I think that those people bear the primary responsibility as well.”
Besides Zukerberg, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey also faced questions related to misinformation and safety issues plaguing their online platforms during the hearing extending up to over five hours.