WATCH: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez grills an uncomfortable Mark Zuckerberg at congressional hearing
An absolute demolition.
On Wednesday, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questioned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at a congressional hearing regarding the social media giant's stance on political adverts with false information.
Ocasio-Cortez was among a number of lawmakers who examined Zuckerberg in front of the US House of Representatives' financial services committee regarding the launch of a new Facebook cryptocurrency project called Libra.
During the questioning, AOC took on the Facebook boss and is being widely praised for her performance, especially for calling Zuckerberg on implying that Facebook won't fact-check political adverts.
She asked: "Under your policy, using census data as well, could I pay to target predominantly black zip codes and advertise to them the incorrect election date?"
Zuckerberg initially responded by saying no, but with further questioning from the congresswoman, Zuckerberg failed to give an adequate answer.
AOC continued: "Could I run ads targeting Republicans in primaries saying that they voted for the Green New Deal? I mean, if you're not fact-checking political advertising, I'm just trying to understand the bounds here."
He replied: "I don't know the answer to that off the top of my head."
To put it bluntly, Zuckerberg was stumped.
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Zuckerberg went on to say that he thinks "lying is bad", but that Facebook won't necessarily be able to remove posts that include misinformation.
You can watch the committee hearing, titled An Examination of Facebook and Its Impact on the Financial Services and Housing Sectors, in full here.