Washington: Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on Monday released prepared statements for his upcoming testimony before U.S. lawmakers.
Zuckerberg is under intense pressure to explain how Facebook allowed the personal information of millions of its users to be used by a data analysis firm that worked for President Donald Trump’s campaign.
Lawmakers will be looking to the co-founder of the social network, which reaches some 2 billion people around the world, to explain himself.
Facebook CEO will apologize for his company’s role in a data privacy scandal and foreign interference in the 2016 elections when he appears before Congress this week, saying the social network “didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility.”
Zuckerberg will appear before lawmakers today and tomorrow to try to restore public trust in his company and stave off federal regulation that some lawmakers have floated.
His company is under fire in the worst privacy crisis in its history after it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a data-mining firm affiliated with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, gathered personal information from 87 million users to try to influence elections.
In the testimony released by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which he is expected to deliver Wednesday, Zuckerberg apologizes for fake news, hate speech, a lack of data privacy and foreign interference in the 2016 elections on his platform.
Zuckerberg will testify before a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees today and before the House panel tomorrow. Yesterday, he met privately with the leaders of the Senate committees.