US lawmakers have asked Facebook’s CEO to testify before at least three Congressional committees.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly decided to testify before Congress on the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
CNN reports that Zuckerberg’s appearance on Capitol Hill could occur in a matter of weeks. So far, the company hasn’t publicly confirmed the news. But US lawmakers have asked Facebook’s CEO to testify before at least three Congressional committees.
The committees are demanding answers over how 50 million Facebook users had their data leaked to the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which assisted Donald Trump’s campaign in the 2016 election. Last week, Zuckerberg said he was open to testifying before Congress, but also suggested someone from his legal team might be better suited to appear.
How Facebook addresses the scandal could have huge ramifications for Silicon Valley. Some US senators have raised the spectre of regulating the social media service over its apparent failures to police itself.
Zuckerberg’s reported decision to address US lawmakers probably won’t sit well with officials in the UK. This week, Facebook turned down a request for its CEO to appear before a UK parliament committee on the same issue. The company has instead decided to make two senior executives available for the hearing.
“Given the seriousness of these issues we still believe that Mark Zuckerberg is the right person to give evidence,” the chair of the UK committee, Damian Collins, tweeted in response.
Facebook has vowed to review all developers who had access to large amounts of Facebook user data. In the meantime, the company’s reputation has taken a public beating amidst the rise of the #DeleteFacebook movement and growing scrutiny over what data Facebook can collect.