Dem senator responds to Zuckerberg: 'You need to come' testify

Dem senator responds to Zuckerberg: 'You need to come' testify

Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyOVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA declines to tighten smog standards amid pressure from green groups | Democrats split on Trump plan to use development funds for nuclear projects| Russian mining giant reports another fuel spill in Arctic Democrats split on Trump plan to use development funds for nuclear projects GOP senators debate replacing Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a federal holiday MORE (D-Mass.) called on Facebook founder and CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergWe haven't seen how low it can go Hillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok Facebook considering ban on political ads: reports MORE to come testify before Congress on Wednesday in response to Zuckerberg's statement admitting the platform's responsibility in a privacy controversy. 

Markey joined a number of lawmakers in Congress who have sought testimony from the Facebook head following reports detailing user data abuse by research firm Cambridge Analytica. 

"You need to come to Congress and testify to this under oath," Markey said in response to Zuckerberg's comments earlier Wednesday. 

Zuckerberg admitted that the company "made mistakes" by not stopping the firm from improperly using the data of millions of users without their consent for political research. The British research group was a consultant for President TrumpDonald John TrumpWayfair refutes QAnon-like conspiracy theory that it's trafficking children Stone rails against US justice system in first TV interview since Trump commuted his sentence Federal appeals court rules Trump admin can't withhold federal grants from California sanctuary cities MORE's 2016 campaign and devised targeted political ads based on the data of nearly 50 million users. 


Officials from Facebook are set to brief members of the House and Senate Intelligence committees, the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and the House and Senate Judiciary committees on its data practices and relationship with Cambridge Analytica. 

But lawmakers are indicating they won't be satisfied with appearances from other Facebook employees.

The statement by Markey, a member of the Energy and Commerce committee and its subcommittee on oversight and investigations, for Zuckerberg himself to testify echoed calls from Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Fauci says focus should be on pausing reopenings rather than reverting to shutdowns; WHO director pleads for international unity in pandemic response State election officials warn budget cuts could lead to November chaos Biden strikes populist tone in blistering rebuke of Trump, Wall Street MORE (D-Minn.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerGOP chairman vows to protect whistleblowers following Vindman retirement over 'bullying' Senators press IRS chief on stimulus check pitfalls Hillicon Valley: Facebook takes down 'boogaloo' network after pressure | Election security measure pulled from Senate bill | FCC officially designating Huawei, ZTE as threats MORE (D-Va.). 

Facebook has already turned over information on the data usage that it said violated its user agreement to Congress, as well as the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the general election. The social media giant has previously testified before committees on Russian operatives' use of inflammatory political content and fake news to attempt to sway the election.