Facebook Inc Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg will testify next week before a congressional committee over a political consulting firm's misuse of customer data to interfere in the USA presidential election, US lawmakers said on Wednesday.
Cambridge Analytica, a data-mining firm affiliated with President Donald Trump's campaign, has been accused of using ill-gotten data from Facebook users to try to influence elections.
Mark Zuckerberg will appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee next Wednesday to answer questions about the Cambridge Analytica controversy.
In a joint statement, committee chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and ranking member Frank Pallone, Jr.
Senior Facebook executives have been summoned to appear before MPs in the United Kingdom and Congress in the US. They also thanked Zuckerberg for his cooperation, stating, "We appreciate Mr. Zuckerberg's willingness to testify before the committee, and look forward to him answering our questions on April 11".
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Zuckerberg, the 33-year-old founder of Facebook, has also been invited to testify at hearings by the Senate's judiciary and commerce committees, but they have not released any word about his potential attendance.
His participation is yet unconfirmed but Senator Dianne Feinstein told the San Francisco Chronicle that Zuckerberg had agreed to attend that hearing.
On Tuesday, Facebook announced it had removed hundreds of accounts and pages associated with the Russia-based Internet Research Agency that included fake activist and political posts in the 2016 US election campaign. A Facebook spokesman said conversations with the other panels were continuing.
The social networking giant said it revoked the accounts of 70 Facebook and 65 Instagram accounts, and removed 138 Facebook pages controlled by the Russia-based Internet Research Agency (IRA).
"We're not asking for new rights to collect, use or share your data on Facebook", said a statement by Facebook chief privacy officer Erin Egan and deputy general counsel Ashlie Beringer.