Mark Zuckerberg’s Congressional Testimony Spawns Memes (and a Ton of ‘Star Trek’ Jokes)

It’s the Facebook CEO’s first appearance before Congress

Last Updated: April 10, 2018 @ 2:10 PM

On Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally appeared before Congress to discuss the social media platform’s recent scandals. But while talk on Capitol Hill largely concerned the platform’s impact on recent elections, “fake news,” and the Cambridge Analytica data leak, online chit chat focused on more prosaic issues — like Zuckerberg’s anxious appearance, and general lack of tech knowledge by presiding legislators.

The memes started from the get-go as Zuckerberg made his opening remarks, in which he apologized and said “It will take some time to work through all the changes but I’m committed to getting this right.” While s a few people commented on his remarks, it seems that far more noted that the CEO, 33, appeared much paler than usual, a condition attributed to everything from nervousness, to karma, to resemblance to a nerd culture icon.

Quite a few people agreed that Zuckerberg reminded them of Lt. Commander Data, science officer of the Enterprise on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

Though it wouldn’t be a “Star Trek” party without an appearance from fans of “Deep Space Nine,” who countered that Zuckerberg looked more like the shape-shifting changelings from the “Next Generation” spinoff series.

Meanwhile, here’s what non-nerds had to say:

Of course, here’s context for Zuckerberg’s apparent nervousness.

Meanwhile, some users couldn’t help but think of Facebook’s vanquished competition:

Not that the Senate was off the hook, nor its members’ apparent lack of tech savviness:

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