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Mark Zuckerberg to testify before Congress about Cambridge Analytica on April 11th

Mark Zuckerberg Testify

Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica saga is set to continue with a highly anticipated event, Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to Congress on the matter. The Facebook CEO will face questioning from the members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee next Wednesday, on April 11th. That was quick!

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) just shared the news in a statement:

his 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. We appreciate Mr. Zuckerberg’s willingness to testify before the committee, and we look forward to him answering our questions on April 11th.

Zuckerberg took his time before he made any sort of statement following the Cambridge Analytica revelations a few weeks ago. When asked whether he would appear before Congress to testify on the matter, Zuckerberg gave the world a puzzling sure-but-only-if-they-make me answer.

If it is ever the case that I am the most informed person at Facebook in the best position to testify, I will happily do that.

That’s what Zuckerberg told Wired on March 21st. Two days later, Congress told Zuckerberg he is the right person. “You are the right person to testify before Congress,” said the leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, surprising no one.

The UK parliament also summoned Zuckerberg to testify in London, but the CEO won’t oblidge that lovely invitation.

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.