BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - This week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg faced congressional questioning about a large data breach and other privacy issues on his site.
Congressman Bill Flores (R-17), who represents most of the Brazos Valley, was given time to question Zuckerburg. During that questioning, Flores said he believes social media sites should be "ideologically agnostic."
"It's not to quit gathering the information," Flores said on News 3 at Six, clarifying his request of Zuckerburg. "It's basically to allow users, their community, to have unfettered access to post their views, whether they be liberal views or conservative views, Facebook should not be in charge of filtering those views. The only thing that technology providers like Facebook need to do is look for violent behavior, look for terroristic threats. If they would stick to those things, they would have a lot better user experience for their community."
Flores was also asked about the state of the Republican Party in the wake of news that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan won't seek re-election.
"The state of the GOP is actually pretty strong," Flores said. "I just spent 17 days back in the district, and from Main Street to the residential streets, our folks are pretty happy. They're pretty happy with the economy. They're very happy that ISIS has been beat down, they're happy to see their military rebuilt. That translates well to the people who helped enact those policies. So, I think our state is pretty strong. If anything, I think Paul Ryan picked a good time to leave if you have to leave, on an upward note."
So, is Flores going to run to be the next Speaker of the House?
"No, I don't think so," said Flores with a laugh. "But I will say this: every time the media has asked me about the speakership, I say there are two things I'm focused on and two things that every Republican in the House should be focused on. Number one is getting re-elected. Number two is having a GOP majority in the House. Because if you don't do that, the whole speakership discussion is totally moot. That's what my focus is between now and November, and then after November we can figure out who the Speaker is going to be at that point."
For more from Flores, see the video player above.