Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is likely to testify before lawmakers on Capitol Hill, according to a source familiar with the matter, with the timing and other details will be worked out later.
Zuckerberg's willingness to testifyPersonal data harvested from 50 million people may have been used improperly by the data firm, which worked with the Trump campaign in 2016.from both to explain Facebook's handling the Cambridge Analaytica privacy scandal.
Members of the, the and numerous other lawmakers have sent letters to Zuckerberg demanding he answer their questions.
Zuckerberg an interview with WIRED.and CBS News contributor Nicholas Thompson that he was open to testifying. "If it is ever the case that I am the most informed person at Facebook in the best position to testify, I will happily do that," Zuckerberg told Thompson in
Facebook has now been named in a proposed class-action lawsuit accusing it of negligence and it has lost nearly $50 billion in market value. A movement to encourage users to delete their accounts, called #DeleteFacebook, has also received lots of attention.
While the Senate has previously heard social media representatives testify on how they are safeguarding user information in the wake of Russian interference in the 2016 election, lawmakers now want to hear from Zuckerberg himself on just what he and the site knew about Cambridge Analytica's practices.