Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Trades Hoodie for Suit and Tie as He's Grilled by Lawmakers
Zuckerberg is widely known for his casual "uniform" of jeans, a T-shirt and a hooded sweatshirt.
Mark Zuckerberg was the talk of the town Tuesday as he arrived for his Capitol Hill hearing in what some are calling his "I’m sorry" suit.
The Facebook billionaire appeared in a suit and tie in Washington as he faces questioning over the recent security breach where user data was taken in the Cambridge Analytica scandal and Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
The world is accustomed to seeing him in his usual uniform which consists of a T-shirt, jeans and sometimes a hoodie.
But as he faces the music in Congress, Zuckerberg shined himself up, according to Esquire magazine senior style editor Jonathan Evans.
"Mark Zuckerberg is trying to look like a respectable guy in Washington D.C., and I think he knows that there are people who are ready to judge him if he doesn’t look the part," Evans said. "I think he knows that as soon as he takes the suit off, it means he is out of the hot seat and I think he is very much looking forward to that."
As he made the rounds Tuesday, Zuckerberg donned a black suit with a large collar. His tie was described as a shade of Facebook blue.
Before his testimony, Zuckerberg was feeling sartorial heat from Trump's new top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow.
"Is he gonna wear a suit and tie and a clean white shirt?" Kudlow told reporters ahead of Zuckerberg’s testimony. "Is he going to behave like an adult? As a major corporate leader? Or give me this phony baloney — what is it — hoodies and dungarees? What is that?"
During Tuesday’s hearing, Zuckerberg said the breach was his mistake and he was sorry.
“It is not enough to just give people a voice," he said. "We need to make sure that people are not using it to harm other people or to spread misinformation. And it is not enough to just give people control over their information."
Facebook says it’s tightening up its data privacy protocols but Congress may make that mandatory. Unlike most developed countries, the U.S. has no comprehensive data protection law.
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