Next Week, a Congressional Grilling for Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook CEO to testify next Wednesday in front of House committee on his site's use of user data
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 4, 2018 8:13 AM CDT
This March 28, 2018, file photo shows the Facebook logo at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
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(Newser) – The leaders of a House oversight committee say Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the panel next Wednesday. In an announcement Wednesday, Reps. Greg Walden and Frank Pallone say the hearing will focus on Facebook's "use and protection of user data." Facebook is facing scrutiny over its data collection following allegations that the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica obtained data on tens of millions of Facebook users to try to influence elections. Walden, R-Ore., is the House Energy and Commerce Committee's chairman; Pallone of New Jersey is the panel's top Democrat. In a statement, they say the 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." (Read more Mark Zuckerberg stories.)

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