House leaders to Zuckerberg: 'You are the right person to testify' on Cambridge Analytica scandal

House leaders to Zuckerberg: 'You are the right person to testify' on Cambridge Analytica scandal
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House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders sent a formal invitation to Facebook founder Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergClinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views on misinformation Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — UN calls for probe into alleged Saudi hack of Bezos | Experts see effort to 'silence' Washington Post | Bezos tweets tribute to Khashoggi Trump says Zuckerberg presidential run 'wouldn't be too frightening' MORE to testify before the panel over revelations that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica accessed 50 million Facebook users' data without consent.

The group, led by Chairman Greg WaldenGregory (Greg) Paul WaldenHillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — Wyden asks NSA to investigate White House cybersecurity | Commerce withdraws Huawei rule after Pentagon objects | Warren calls on Brazil to drop Greenwald charges Bipartisan lawmakers call for watchdog probe into government telecom office Conservative groups aim to sink bipartisan fix to 'surprise' medical bills MORE (R-Ore.) and ranking Democrat Frank Pallone Jr.Frank Joseph PalloneOvernight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments Obstacles remain for deal on surprise medical bills This week: House impeachment inquiry hits crucial stretch MORE (N.J.), sent a letter to Zuckerberg on Friday saying that Facebook has not been forthcoming about the scandal.

They also responded to the Facebook CEO’s recent media blitz in which he suggested he would be open to testifying before Congress.


“In comments to the press, you stated that the person with the most knowledge at Facebook about what Congress is trying to learn is the appropriate witness for a congressional hearing,” the letter reads. “As the Chief Executive Officer of Facebook and the employee who has been the leader of Facebook through all the key strategic decisions since its launch, you are the right person to testify before Congress about those decisions and the Facebook business model.”

Walden and Pallone joined a growing group of lawmakers who have called for Zuckerberg to testify on the data scandal.

In their letter, they also said that they still had a lot of unanswered questions after Facebook officials briefed the committee this week, and complained that the employees sent to represent the company “did not have personal knowledge of events prior to their tenure at Facebook."

A Facebook official said that the company had received the letter and was reviewing it.

The House leaders said that the Commerce Committee will be holding a hearing on the incident in the “near future.”

Updated at 10:57 a.m.