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 MarkeyThere's a lot to like about the Senate privacy bill, if it's not watered down Trump administration drops plan to face scan all travelers leaving or entering US Advocates hopeful dueling privacy bills can bridge partisan divide MORE (D-Mass.) called on Facebook founder and CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergTech finds surprise ally in Trump amid high-stakes tax fight FTC rules Cambridge Analytica engaged in 'deceptive practices' with Facebook data mining Hillicon Valley: Trump officials propose retaliatory tariffs over French digital tax | FBI classifies FaceApp as threat | Twitter revamps policies to comply with privacy laws | Zuckerberg defends political ads policy 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 TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades 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 Jean KlobucharBiden: All-white debate not representative of party, but 'you can't dictate' nominee Delaney to DNC: Open second debate stage for candidates who qualified for past events There's a lot to like about the Senate privacy bill, if it's not watered down MORE (D-Minn.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerHillicon Valley: FTC rules Cambridge Analytica engaged in 'deceptive practices' | NATO researchers warn social media failing to remove fake accounts | Sanders calls for breaking up Comcast, Verizon Bipartisan senators call on FERC to protect against Huawei threats Hillicon Valley: House passes anti-robocall bill | Senators inch forward on privacy legislation | Trump escalates fight over tech tax | Illinois families sue TikTok | Senators get classified briefing on ransomware 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.