Facebook CEO Zuckerberg to testify before Congress April 11

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg to testify before Congress April 11

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg to testify before Congress April 11

Zuckerberg will appear before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Wednesday, April 11 at 10 a.m., "regarding the company's use and protection of user data", according to an announcement from the Committee.

Facebook is under intense pressure to fix the problems which led to the harvesting of some 50 million user profiles by Cambridge Analytica, a consulting firm working on Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

"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", wrote committee chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and ranking Democrat Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) in a press statement.

Two other USA congressional committees have asked Zuckerberg to appear. The Trump campaign paid the firm almost $6 million during the 2016 election, although it has since distanced itself.

Zuckerberg's comments signal that Facebook users in the US may soon have less control over their personal data than European users.

The US committee confirmed this afternoon that Mr Zuckerberg had accepted its invite.

In Congress, Zuckerberg has faced demands by two other committees - the Senate Commerce Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee - that he testify. The data was gathered through a personality test app called "This Is Your Digital Life" that was downloaded by fewer than 200,000 people.

Asked about the discrepancy between Facebook's estimate of the number of users affected and the widely reported figure of 50 million, a spokeswoman for the company said Facebook used "an expansive methodology" to arrive at 87 million.

Facebook also said at the time it would investigate all applications that had gotten access to large amounts of data before the firm changed its platform in 2014, would further restrict developers' data access and roll out a tool to let users more easily revoke access by applications to their data.

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