Latest in Gear

Image credit: Alex Wong via Getty Images

Zuckerberg says a 'version' of Facebook will always be free

He said it during his Senate testimony today.
747 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Alex Wong via Getty Images

Mark Zuckerberg is testifying today before the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, answering questions from 44 Senators about Facebook's data managing practices, the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the use of its platform by foreign groups attempting to influence US elections. During his questioning today, Senator Orrin Hatch harkened back to Zuckerberg's first visit to Capitol Hill in 2010 where he said that Facebook would always be free. Zuckerberg then responded that a version of Facebook would always be free, leaving open the interpretation that the platform could one day charge a fee.

Last week, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg told CNBC that while the company currently allows users to opt out of certain features, "We don't have an opt-out at the highest level. That would be a paid product." Hatch asked about those comments and Zuckerberg reiterated that ads are a major part of how Facebook sustains its business. It's interesting to now hear Zuckerberg say that a version of Facebook will always remain free.

Zuckerberg's testimony is ongoing, you can follow along here.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
747 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

The best mobile devices for students

The best mobile devices for students

View
Lenovo’s Smart Clock becomes a more capable home hub

Lenovo’s Smart Clock becomes a more capable home hub

View
Wirecutter's best deals: Save $60 on an Acer Chromebook 11

Wirecutter's best deals: Save $60 on an Acer Chromebook 11

View
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review: Weird, but in a good way

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review: Weird, but in a good way

View
iFixit teardown takes a look inside the Note 10+ 5G

iFixit teardown takes a look inside the Note 10+ 5G

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr