Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg To Testify At Senate Hearing

Thursday, April 5th 2018, 3:56 am
By: News On 6

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed he will testify in a second congressional hearing next week, this time in the Senate. Zuckerberg will appear at a rare joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees on April 10 -- a day before testifying at the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The social media giant is reeling from a privacy scandal over its data collection following allegations that the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica obtained data on about 87 million Facebook users to try to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

Mark Zuckerberg says he's not stepping down at Facebook and nobody is getting fired after the data scandal.

Facebook says starting Monday, users will be able to see if their information may have been improperly shared with outsiders.  Facebook will also put a link at the top of your newsfeed to let users more easily manage their privacy settings.

Reps. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, and Frank Pallone, D-New Jersey, said the House panel hearing will focus on the Facebook's "use and protection of user data."

Walden is the House committee's Republican chairman and Pallone is the panel's top Democrat.

"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," Walden and Pallone said.

Their committee is among the congressional panels that requested Zuckerberg's testimony to announce a hearing date.

Walden and Pallone said last month that they wanted to hear directly from Zuckerberg after senior Facebook executives failed to answers questions during a closed-door briefing with congressional staff about how Facebook and third-party developers use and protect consumer data.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.