Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced US congress yesterday following the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.
While there, Zuckerberg answered questions from senators (who reportedly have the average age of 62) on a number of topics, including privacy, 'data-mining', the company's regulations and even how it makes money.
While he defended his company's practices, over on Twitter, users were too busy pondering if Zuckerberg was a robot:
#Zuckerberg the robot :raised_hands: pic.twitter.com/38PKbd9B5w
- JC (@johannescoin) April 10, 2018
Is that really Mark Zuckerberg or is it a hologram or robot of some AI technology pretending to be a human?? The software for this robot keeps answering every question beginning every sentence with "Senator..." and has no human engagement of the passion behind the questions.
- M. Zuhdi Jasser (@DrZuhdiJasser) April 10, 2018
#zuckerberg is not a lizard, he's just a robot remotely operated by the man behind him... #Zuckerbergtestimony pic.twitter.com/pJjLlHYktI
- Pat Flanigan (@notpatflanigan) April 10, 2018
Totally not a robot#Zuckerberg pic.twitter.com/dQ37VYlaYL
- Bear (@Mechacomfy) April 10, 2018
"don't forget to drink the water, humans like water" pic.twitter.com/RyhWE74Sl4
- ＲＵＩＮ:tm: (@BravingRuin) April 10, 2018
Critics picked up on his strange facial expressions that seemed very mechanical and unhumanlike.
To be fair, we've all been there when we've had to explain the wireless printer or the internet router to our parents and got less than excited responses.
So while he was getting a grilling by the senators, people did take a minute to recognise that he really was stuck in an awkward situation.
"Mr. Zuckerberg, a magazine i recently opened came with a floppy disk offering me 30 free hours of something called America On-Line. Is that the same as Facebook?" pic.twitter.com/U7pqpUhEhQ
- Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) April 10, 2018
"Mr. Zuckerberg, I have just one question about Facebook: Where do I find my Hotmail?" pic.twitter.com/51f5cxnJiq
- Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) April 10, 2018
Almost feel bad for Zuckerberg. There's no way he left that room full of old people without having to set up their wifi.
- Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) April 11, 2018
And the fact he was using a 'booster seat' wasn't missed, either.
We have so many questions - like why would you need something like that. That chair must be really cushiony.
This tweet offers no value other than to laugh at Zuckerberg's booster seat. pic.twitter.com/MlFIkvYbU5
- Travis Wright #crypto (@teedubya) April 10, 2018
How you gonna testify to Congress sitting on a booster seat? pic.twitter.com/zkfb1uQCps
- Jericho - Tucker (@IIJERiiCHOII) April 10, 2018
Where can I buy Zuckerberg's booster seat for my 12-year old?
- Mat Johnson (@mat_johnson) April 11, 2018
Imagine having to explain yourself not just in front of the senate and on TV but with all of these cameras in your face:
One thing we can be sure of, though, Tom from MySpace must be bloody loving this:
tfw you aren't being grilled by the Senate Judiciary Committee pic.twitter.com/0gbOmDtJq8
- Jeffrey Young (@JeffYoung) April 10, 2018
Although it was probably wasn't one of Zuckerberg's best days; it doesn't seem to have done his business much harm. By the time of the first break in yesterday's proceedings, Facebook's share price had gone up five percent.