Sen. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeySenate Democrats call for investigation into reported price gouging for COVID-19 tests Biden's FDA nominee advances through key Senate committee Overnight Energy & Environment — Manchin raises hopes on climate spending MORE (D-Mass.) called on Facebook founder and CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark ZuckerbergHillicon Valley — States probe the tech giants Executives personally signed off on Facebook-Google ad collusion plot, states claim States push forward with Facebook antitrust case, reportedly probe VR unit 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 TrumpKinzinger welcomes baby boy Tennessee lawmaker presents self-defense bill in 'honor' of Kyle Rittenhouse Five things to know about the New York AG's pursuit of Trump 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 KennedyLouisiana Democrat running for US Senate smokes marijuana in campaign ad MORE (R-La.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharBiden huddles with group of senators on Ukraine-Russia tensions Democrats make final plea for voting rights ahead of filibuster showdown Apple warns antitrust legislation could expose Americans to malware MORE (D-Minn.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerBiden moves to boost security of sensitive national security systems We are America's independent contractors, and we are terrified Hillicon Valley: Amazon's Alabama union fight — take two 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.