For years, Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, has been treated like a giant. In fact he is 5’7” and, as he appeared before Congress in Washington this week, he used a booster cushion to appear tall on television .

It was not quite the emperor’s new clothes, but the Zuckerberg cushion is a perfect metaphor for the ways in which Facebook – and other tech companies – dodge taxes, avoid regulation and refuse to take responsibility for their actions.