Facebook CEO to testify before House committee next week

Facebook CEO to testify before House committee next week

Mark Zukerberg, Facebook's founder, chief executive and CEO, has reportedly agreed to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. (Brian Solis, www.briansolis.com and bub.blicio.us/Creative Commons)

WASHINGTON – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee next week, the chairman and ranking member announced Wednesday.

“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. We appreciate Mr. Zuckerberg’s willingness to testify before the committee, and we look forward to him answering our questions on April 11th,” Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) said in a joint statement.

Facebook is at the center of a controversy involving the U.K. data mining company Cambridge Analytica. Cambridge Analytica-through a contractor-gathered personal information from an estimated 50 million Facebook users without obtaining the consent of many of those users. Russian data scientist Aleksandr Kogan accessed the data on behalf of Cambridge Anaylitica.

Cambridge Analytica worked with both the Trump and Brexit campaigns. The company has refuted allegations of impropriety.

Zuckerberg has said that Facebook has taken concerted action to protect the integrity of the information of its users.

The New York Times and the London Observer first reported the data breach.

Facebook shares have taken a hit since the reports.

The company is being investigated by 37 state attorneys general.

Facebook faces up to $2 trillion in fines for the estimated 50 million breaches.

Zuckerberg has been invited to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

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