I know that the days are supposed to be getting longer this time of year, but it feels like it's more true this year, and in more ways.
After staying silent for several days, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was everywhere Wednesday night, with stories posting on Recode, the New York Times and Wired just as a sit-down interview aired on CNN.
The appearances answered a few of the unanswered questions from his Facebook post earlier in the day. He finally apologized, for one, and also said he would be willing to appear before Congress. (More on that below).
4 big questions remain:
1) Why didn't Facebook notify users when it learned of the Cambridge Analytica issue?
2) How far is Facebook willing to go to give customers control of their data?
3) How safe is Facebook today?
4) Just what regulation is Facebook in favor of?
Meanwhile: Also worth a read is this tweetstorm from World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee.
One of the first big headlines out of Zuckerberg's interviews Wednesday was that he was willing to appear before Congress.
Yes, but: There was a big caveat — Zuckerberg noted that he would happily testify "if it's the right thing to do."
"What we try to do is send the person at Facebook who will have the most knowledge about what Congress is trying to learn," he added. "So, if that's me, then I am happy to go. What I think we found so far is that typically, there are people whose whole job is focused on an area."
The reaction: That didn't sit too well with some on Capitol Hill. After watching the interview on CNN, one congressional aide texted:
"By his standard, GM would have sent a mid-level engineer instead of Mary Barra when it turned out their ignition switches were killing people."
Two former Federal Trade Commission consumer protection enforcers say Facebook's response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal won't be enough to keep federal investigators at bay, David McCabe reports.
What's happening now: Facebook is facing a reported FTC probe, investigations by multiple state attorneys general, and questions from officials in Europe. These are due to allegations that Cambridge Analytica illicitly gathered Facebook user data through a contractor and may not have deleted it when it told Facebook it had.
What they're saying: The former officials, who raised early concerns to the Washington Post about Facebook violating that privacy pact, told Axios they didn't think these steps would stop the hammer from coming down on the social network.
Yes, but: The FTC has not always been interested in aggressive enforcement against technology companies — and Republicans leaders of the agency can be especially wary of going after big business. The agency also lacks a permanent leader, since President Trump's nominee to chair it has yet to be confirmed by the Senate.
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
An anti-sex-trafficking bill headed for Trump's desk makes it easier to sue platforms like Facebook and Google's YouTube under a narrow set of circumstances. But it could also provide a template for a larger crackdown on malicious content, David McCabe reports.
Between the lines: Lawmakers aren’t ready to entirely scrap the protection — known as Section 230 — that shields websites and platforms from being sued over content posted by users. But they're warming to the idea of using it as leverage to put pressure on web and social media firms in specific cases.
What we're hearing:
Be smart: Republicans drive the legislative agenda, and they remain wary of attempts to create blanket regulations for social media, including increasing their legal liability.
View from the car before the crash. Screenshot: Tempe Police Twitter
A video of the self-driving car crash in Arizona was released on Wednesday, showing the internal and external camera recordings.
The video can be found here. (Warning: It's a disturbing watch)
What Uber is saying: “The video is disturbing and heartbreaking to watch, and our thoughts continue to be with Elaine’s loved ones. Our cars remain grounded, and we're assisting local, state and federal authorities in any way we can.”
What the local police are saying: "Tempe Police Vehicular Crimes Unit is actively investigating the details of this incident that occurred on March 18th. We will provide updated information regarding the investigation once it is available."
What others are saying: Much of the discussion centered on two things.
But, but but: The Tempe police chief said earlier this week that it would have probably been impossible for any driver to have stopped in time.
Separately, at an Axios event this morning, Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto said safety has to be a key component of new technological advances as they transform U.S. cities, including autonomous driving.
Not sure if this will act as a respite or further stoke your tech dystopia fears, but I give you, a Furby organ.