Mark Zuckerberg to Testify over Cambridge Analytica Scandal

article by Christina Williams
May 29, 2018

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the US House Energy and Commerce Committee about the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The executive is facing outrage from politicians and consumers for his inability to protect user privacy.

“As the Chief Executive Officer of Facebook and the employee who has been the leader of Facebook through all the key strategic decisions since its launch, you are the right person to testify before Congress about those decisions and the Facebook business model,” the committee wrote in a letter addressed to Zuckerberg

Leaders of the House panel invited the CEO to a hearing, claiming it had plans to “examine the harvesting and sale of personal information from more than 50 million Facebook users, potentially without their notice or consent and in violation of Facebook policy.”

After the scandal was announced, many people deleted their Facebook accounts in protest. The tech giant is also losing advertisers and may face stricter regulation in the future.

The United States Federal Trade Commission is also investigating the tech giant’s privacy policies.  A date has not been set for Zuckerberg to appear before the panel. Despite news that claimed that the entrepreneur would testify on April 12, the panel now says that it “continuing to work with Facebook to determine a day and time for Mr. Zuckerberg to testify.”

Zuckerberg is also facing pressure to testify for other congressional committees. Several panels, like the Senate Judiciary and Commerce panels, are calling him to act a star witness to the scandal and other data privacy issues.

Many believe that Zuckerberg’s agreement to testify will lead to other lead executives, like Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, to testify as well. All three of the executives have been invited to a data privacy hearing later this month.

In March, Zuckerberg denied a request to appear before legislators in London and has plans to send two deputies instead. The lawmakers will ask for information concerning the tech giant’s privacy policies. A date has not been set for the hearing.

 

Source: Fortune/ HuffPost