House committee will summon Zuckerberg to testify

- Maret 22, 2018

The House Energy and Commerce Committee will summon Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify, following recent revelations that Trump-linked Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained information on some 50 million Facebook users.

“We believe, as CEO of Facebook, he is the right witness to provide answers to the American people,” Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and ranking member Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) said Thursday in a statement. “We look forward to working with Facebook and Mr. Zuckerberg to determine a date and time in the near future for a hearing before this committee.”

Zuckerberg said Wednesday he is willing to testify to Congress.

“What we try to do is send the person at Facebook who will have the most knowledge about what Congress is trying to learn. So if that’s me, then I am happy to go,” the CEO said in a CNN interview.

The House panel said it plans to send a formal letter to Facebook in the days ahead.


“Facebook folks briefed our staff yesterday up on the Hill,” Walden said in an interview Thursday. “We’ve got to get to the facts. … I don’t think Americans understand fully what these agreements are, who gets to do what with our data and what I think they really care about is, ‘Are the agreements being followed?’”


 

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