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Zuckerberg 'open' to speaking with Congress

Zuckerberg 'open' to speaking with Congress
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Facebook chief executive Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergFacebook-backed cryptocurrency Libra changes names Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff Democrats press Facebook, Twitter on misinformation efforts ahead of Georgia runoff MORE said on Wednesday that he would be open to testifying before Congress. 

In an interview with Recode, Zuckerberg said he understands there's a lot Congress needs to know and he would be open to testify if he is the right person to speak to lawmakers.

“There are lots of different topics that Congress needs and wants to know about, and the way that we approach it is that our responsibility is to make sure that they have access to all of the information that they need to have,” he said during the interview. 

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“So I’m open to doing it if I’m the right [person],” Zuckerberg added.

His willingness to appear before Congress comes as a growing number of lawmakers, including Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff YouTube temporarily suspends OANN account after spreading coronavirus misinformation MORE (D-Minn.) and John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) ask that he testify before Congress to explain Facebook’s dealings with Cambridge Analytica.

Zuckerberg’s platform suspended its relationship with Cambridge Analytica last Friday after it came to light that the British research firm took user data from Facebook without permission.

Since then, Facebook has faced intense scrutiny from critics, including lawmakers on Capitol Hill, who pressed Zuckerberg for more answers and asked that he and other tech CEOs come to Washington, D.C.
 
Updated 10:15 p.m.