Facebook’s data privacy scandal has been making the news for the past week or so after it emerged that a company called Cambridge Analytica had harvested profile information of more than 50 million Facebook users. Facebook has already apologized for the entire episode and has promised to do more. However, it’s now having to field tough questions from different quarters and even the FTC has launched an investigation into the matter. After repeated calls to do so, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly decided to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
A parliamentary committee in the United Kingdom had also summoned Zuckerberg for a testimony on Facebook’s data practices but the CEO has declined to appear before it, offering to send over Facebook’s chief technology officer and chief product officer instead. The parliamentary committee has communicated an option to allow Zuckerberg to appear before it via video link.
CNN reports that Zuckerberg has decided to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee which has also invited Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to appear before it on April 10th. The report says that Zuckerberg’s decision to appear will put pressure on both CEOs to appear as well.
It’s unclear at this point in time if Pichai and Dorsey will follow suit. A formal announcement from Zuckerberg or Facebook confirming his appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee is yet to be issued.