In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal and increasing pressure to testify, CNN reports that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is prepping his testimony.
- Facing increasing pressure to testify on the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal, CNN reports that Mark Zuckerberg is now preparing to speak to Congress about the issue.
- The Facebook CEO has been invited to an April 10th hearing on data privacy.
Mark Zuckerberg is preparing to testify before Congress, CNN reported Tuesday, citing anonymous sources.
Over the past week, the Facebook CEO has faced increasing pressure to speak to Congress, and now he is reportedly readying his testimony regarding how Facebook handles its privacy and user data in wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Zuckerberg, who remained silent on the matter for five days following the first reports from The New York Times and The Guardian about the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, has since apologized and given multiple interviews on the matter, in addition to publishing a post on Facebook detailing upcoming changes to Facebook’s data policies.
The news reports from The Times and The Guardian revealed that data consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which has been widely credited with being instrumental to Donald Trump’s 2016 social media campaign, had illicitly obtained user data on as many as 50 million Facebook users. The firm’s CEO, Alexander Nix, has since been suspended.
Facebook announced that it would be going back and checking whether any other Facebook user data was mishandled from third-party apps, and said it would alert any users whose data was misused.
But even as Zuckerberg and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg have made media appearances and sat for interviews, Facebook — and Zuckerberg in particular — has continued to face pressure to testify in front of both Congress and the UK’s select committee inquiry into fake news.
On Tuesday, Facebook’s head of public policy in the UK, Rebecca Simon, said that Zuckerberg had refused a request to appear before UK pariliamant, and would send a senior executive to represent the company in his stead. In a written statment, Damian Collins, a Conservative Party poltician, responded ,”Facebook has got many questions to answer that their executives have failed to answer in previous appearances before our Committee.”
Zuckerberg has been invited by Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley to attend an April 10 hearing on data privacy. Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey have also been invited.