During Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's congressional testimony on Tuesday, several lawmakers asked questions specific to people, places or companies well known in Silicon Valley, but perhaps less so in other places.
Here are a few details explaining those questions:
1. Who is Palmer Luckey?
Sen. Ted Cruz (R- Texas) asked Mark Zuckerberg if Facebook hired or fired people based on their political leanings. Cruz then asked about someone named Palmer Luckey.
Luckey is the co-founder of Oculus, a VR company. According to the Daily Beast, while at Facebook, Luckey funded a Trump group that circulated dirty memes about Hillary Clinton during the presidential election. Luckey is also accused of financially backing a pro-Trump political organization called Nimble America, a self-described “social welfare 501(c)4 non-profit” in support of then Republican Donald Trump. Zuckerberg said he had no knowledge of Luckey being fired because of political leanings.
2. What is Palantir?
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) asked Zuckerberg about the role the data mining company Palantir Technologies may have played in the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal.