tv Rep. Greg Walden on Facebook Testimony CSPAN April 12, 2018 5:34am-5:45am EDT
prevent future abuses and lapses. thanks. >> hello. you already? first i would like to thank mr. zuckerberg for coming out today. it is not easy to testify before congress two days in a row, and we appreciate his cooperation. it is very clear that facebook has made significant mistakes around protection of user data. i think we still have a lot more to learn about what happened at --ebook and changes to miss changes that mr. zuckerberg will make. these breaches of trust take time and real action to fix. users and lawmakers need to know that facebook is taking this seriously. only time will tell in this case. let's be clear, facebook was the
focus of today's hearing, but the issues we dug into applied to many other companies as well. we will widen our lens to examine the entire tech industry , determining the right balance between services and the maintenance of personal privacy will be one of the challenges of our time. we have a lot of work to do. understand our responsibility and duty, and i think we are up to the task. i try to put the best interests and the protection of consumers at the forefront of what the commerce committee does. consumers will come first. with billions of users around the world, we will make sure to do our part as lawmakers to keep americans safe online. guest: [inaudible] >> absolutely. clearly this is an issue that is broader than just one company.
obviously with the data breach with cambridge analytica, this was the appropriate place to start. we had an interest in this and other issues related to consumers and their activities, and the way that they manage and protect our data, whether it is equifax or online privacy issues. we will be reaching out, and at a date in the future we will continue the process. we want to get it right. we want to hear from them directly. american innovation is an important part of our economy, and we don't want to go too far, but we want to get it right. >> there is regulation today. it is a very real possibility. ftc does have authority. if they violate that consent decree, there are very serious
fines. there are statutory obligations in place already. the question is, are they adequate? do they work in this environment? is very better way to protect consumers than we have today? we will be looking at that down the road. there is a division, i think, and i think people still want to know more about what the companies themselves can do and what kind of additional federal and authority may be necessary, and that is what we are going to look at. >> [inaudible] >> i don't know that that is necessary. i am not ready to go down that path. i think there are others that could certainly share their thoughts with us though. i think he was genuine. i think he was forthcoming. obviously members have a lot of question, some of which did not get answered.
he will have 10 days to answer. >> [inaudible] >> i wish paul ryan well. he and i were both elected the same year. there are only three of us left, and now it's only down to two. he's done amazing things for the country, always putting americans first, putting his wife and his family first. it is a great is one that you will be hanging up his elective spurs, as it were. i always worry about every election cycle. i got the biggest back-to-back majorities in history. we went through a change in speaker during that process, and it came out ok. paul is terrific. engaged, and stay he's given us a legislative platform that i think is pretty powerful to run on. >> [inaudible] issues we wille be discussing.
today was really about hearing from facebook directly. our lens toidening hear from others involved in the tech industry about how they protect online data and consumers, and what can be done. i would like to see the industry's step up and do more. we want to be careful in this space not to over regulate and overreact. hasreason innovation occurred in america first is because we had light touch regulation. but these companies, as they have grown from a dorm room to 2 billion users, the enormity of their responsibility has grown with them. >> [inaudible] >> not yet. it doesn't mean we won't go down that path, but it is too early to talk about specifics. >> [inaudible] you know, it is hard to tell. i think it is helpful because you can drill down deeper. i would say that we have been involved in these issues a lot
and have a lot of interest on our committee, as you saw. complete participation, and members have been engaged all along. i felt good about both sides of the aisle. they've done their research, and i think the american people learned a lot because of the coverage that was given to the hearing. all tech companies have lessons take away about what they should avoid happening because of what happens to facebook. >> [inaudible] >> but the consumer first. if you put the consumer first, it means you are taking care of and you are respecting and doing the right thing for the consumer. thank you all. ♪ announcer: c-span's "washington journal," live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up this morning, ohio republican congressman warren davidson will join us to talk about speaker paul ryan's
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homelessness, which many cities are struggling with nationwide, and 21st century policing and making sure a police bureau reflects the city we live in. >> one of the most important issues for me is the economy. here we have a growing economy with tech firms growing, but we still have education funding issues in our area. i am concerned that librarians are being let go across the nation because of funding issues. this day and age with media literacy issues, we need torarians working with kids figure at the best way we can have stable funding and schools while also encouraging our growing economy. >> two big issues. number one, and in gun violence, especially in schools. studentsno reason why
or teachers should have to go and be concerned about their safety. number two, i think we need to get money out of politics. citizens united. congressmen and women are beholden to corporate interests, and it needs to be to the people themselves. they need to be working for us, the people. >> my name is miranda. my important issue to meet is education. schools need to be funded probably -- funded properly because children are our future. if they are well-educated, we have a better future for all of us. announcer: voices from the states, part of c-span 50 capitals tour. ♪ announcer: this month on c-span, we feature our studentcam contest winners. schoolmiddle and high students to choose a provision of the u.s. constitution and illustrate why it is important to them. our second prize high school central