Senate Democrat: Mark Zuckerberg should face ‘the possibility of a prison term’

Timothy B. Lee for Ars Technica:

Mark Zuckerberg has “repeatedly lied to the American people about privacy,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) said in a recent interview with the Willamette Week, a Portland alternative weekly newspaper. “I think he ought to be held personally accountable, which is everything from financial fines to — and let me underline this — the possibility of a prison term.”

Zuckerberg, Wyden said, has “hurt a lot of people.”

Technology companies, Wyden argued, have “done practically everything wrong since the 2016 election.” He said he recently told technology companies: “If you don’t get serious on moderation, you’re going to have a lot of people coming after you.”

MacDailyNews Take: As we’ve said many times: #DeleteFacebook.

If you trust Mark Zuckerberg to be the keeper of your photos, contacts, political views, religious beliefs, etc., you’re batshit insane. — MacDailyNews, May 23, 2018

Instant messages sent by Mark Zuckerberg during Facebook’s early days, reported by Business Insider in May 2010:

Zuckerberg: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
Zuckerberg: Just ask
Zuckerberg: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SSNs
Zuckerberg: People just submitted it.
Zuckerberg: I don’t know why.
Zuckerberg: They “trust me”
Zuckerberg: Dumb fucks

We use FaceBook as an RSS feed. Our CMS automatically reposts our article headlines and links them back to our website. That is our only interaction with Facebook and has been our only interaction with Facebook for years. We deleted our personal accounts [which we opened only so we could understand the Facebook phenomenon] many years ago.

If you want to share photos and videos with friends, text them using Apple’s end-to-end encrypted iMessage service. You need to control your social networking, not cede it to a gatekeeper like Facebook. – MacDailyNews, March 19, 2018


  1. Do you think Sen. Wyden, or the Government more generally, would be better at safeguarding our secrets? Google, et al., are doing a terrible job,but at least they don’t have the resources of the State behind them like Big Brother.

      1. Yeah, but the State makes the rules and gets to determine what constitutes “misuse”… and you can bet your last dollar they’ll exempt themselves from that “misuse”. I wonder how long it would take those in government to change their tune if Google,, said “Ok. We’ll stop with all this data collecting, etc., and we’ll delete all private data… but it means we won’t be able to hand over any of it to the State either.”

        1. Enough with the state paranoia. The government has budget constraints that Big Tech doesn’t have, especially under this tech illiterate administration. In addition, if you believe the other half of the extreme right wing propaganda, nobody in government is competent. The law is so slow and feckless that they cannot stop any crime, like 3rd world people with flip phones taking away all jobs. Or so the story goes. If any of that was true, why does anyone fear the Feds?

          Here’s the real deal. Does your country allow you to elect your government? Well there’s your answer. You don’t have to like the messy antique process that determines your elected officials, but you absolutely do need to have legal mechanisms to throw out the deadbeats if they do not serve the people. A corporation as we now know is unaccountable to just about everyone. That is why they cannot be trusted or allowed to have any powers above democratically elected governments.

          A corporation is not your friend any more than Trump is a tech expert.

  2. Correct me if I’m wrong, but one generally has to be convicted of a crime to go to prison. What crime has Zuckerberg/Facebook committed? Lying about privacy isn’t a crime (AFAIK).

      1. @Dd: If you are referring to Hillary Clinton, then by all means, go ahead an prosecute the b!tch. Oh wait, your evidence is flimsier than Stormy’s eveningwear? How many years does it take your political party to bring forth litigation?

        Hell, she even released her tax returns for you to comb through. What more evidence do you need to get going????

        There are only 3 reasons a political candidate (yes, Trump really is a politician) would refuse to, per tradition, proactively prove that he is not guilty of violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution. Yeah, that constitution that you hold dear.

        1 – Trump really is guilty of profiting from foreign officials. Daily – look at foreign officials renting rooms at Trump properties, and Trumps insistence to drag a massive entourage to Trump properties on the taxpayer dime every weekend and often midweek too.
        2 – Trump is nowhere near as charitable as his phony fundraising soirees would lead the simple minded to believe (duh!), or
        3 – Trump is nowhere near as rich as he pretends to be.

        Or all of the above…..

        It is almost certainly true that some financier is holding major debt from the Trump syndicate, otherwise it wouldn’t be necessary for Trump to violate the emoluments clause daily. As Trump was avoiding a diplomatic trip to monitor Dorian from his golf club (surprise?), he put up Pence in his hotel in Ireland, 100 miles away from where Pence was supposed to have a meeting. Does this sound like wise use of taxpayer money or a guy who is desperately trying to maximize his personal profit? It looks more and more like Trump isn’t worth anything, his illusion of wealth is built on debts as far as the eye can see — many of them held by international creditors, corrupt DooshBank among them. Trump is almost certainly not worth what he boasts he is since the Trump gang has repeatedly paid fines for manipulation of property valuations and tax violations. The Donald regularly has to declare bankruptcy to erase his liabilities. By several independent estimates, the wealth that Donny inherited from Frank would be worth more today if he had kept it in a low interest bearing money market account. The failed steaks, airlines, beauty pageants, fake universities, books, television shows, casinos, boutiques full of Chinese products with the Trump name on them, and so forth are hideous examples of an egomaniac with poor business skills. And now Apple’s future prosperity in no small way depends on the whims of Twitter-in-Chief.

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