The social network’s chief will head to Washington to appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee to answer questions about privacy and user data.
Mark Zuckerberg just switched from “maybe” to “attending” for a congressional hearing.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee announced Wednesday morning that Facebook’s CEO will be testifying on April 11, at 10 a.m. ET.
Zuckerberg has faced massive pressure to answer to lawmakers in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal that erupted last month. A whistleblower had revealed that Facebook’s data privacy policies allowed for the UK-based analytics firm to use unauthorized information from 50 million users. The social network, which has more than 2 billion users who log on at least once a month, has been doing damage control ever since — running full-page apologies in major newspapers, updating its privacy tools, asking users whether they think it’s “good for the world.”
“This hearing will be an important opportunity to shed light on critical consumer data privacy issues and help all Americans better understand what happens to their personal information online,” committee chairman Greg Walden, a Republican from Oregon, and ranking member Frank Pallone Jr., a Democrat from New Jersey, said in a joint statement Wednesday.
Zuckerberg has never testified to Congress before, but has said he was willing to if he was the right person to provide answers. Last week, he turned down an invitation from the UK Parliament to testify, offering to send the company’s chief technology officer, Mike Schroefper, or chief product officer, Chris Cox, instead.
The House Energy and Commerce committee issued its invitation to Zuckerberg on March 23. The Senate Judiciary Committee has also called for Zuckerberg to testify, as has the House Intelligence Committee.
It’s unclear if Zuckerberg will be testifying to other committees while on Capitol Hill. “Conversations with other committees continue,” a Facebook spokesman said Wednesday.
The announcement comes a day after Zuckerberg announced that Facebook was taking down more than 270 pages linked to Russian trolls.
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