Date
14 November 2018
Mark Zuckerberg is said to be preparing to appear before a US congressional panel that is looking into Facebook's data practices. Photo: Reuters
Mark Zuckerberg is said to be preparing to appear before a US congressional panel that is looking into Facebook's data practices. Photo: Reuters

Zuckerberg to testify before US Congress: report

Facebook’s co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to testify before US Congress, bowing to pressure from lawmakers in the wake of the data leak scandal, Reuters reports, citing a source with knowledge of the matter.

Facebook admitted this month data on 50 million of its users ended up in the hands of a political consultancy, Cambridge Analytica, which was involved in Donald Trump’s 2016 US presidential campaign.

Lawmakers are demanding to know more about Facebook’s privacy practices after a whistleblower said Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed data to target voters.

Facebook said it had received invitations to testify before Congress and that it was talking to legislators.

House Energy and Commerce Committee spokeswoman Elena Hernandez said: “The committee is continuing to work with Facebook to determine a day and time for Mr. Zuckerberg to testify.”

Zuckerberg has, however, turned down British lawmakers’ invitations to explain to a British parliamentary committee what went wrong.

The company said it would instead send one of his deputies to answer questions.

The head of the British parliamentary committee called Zuckerberg’s decision “astonishing” and urged him to think again, Reuters reports.

In full-page advertisements in British and US newspapers last weekend, Zuckerberg apologized for mistakes made by his firm and promised to restrict app developers’ access to user information.

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