Zuckerberg meets with Waters ahead of congressional testimony

Zuckerberg meets with Waters ahead of congressional testimony
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Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract in court | State antitrust investigation into Google expands | Intel agencies no longer collecting location data without warrant Civil rights groups demand changes to Facebook's political speech policy Hillicon Valley: Federal inquiry opened into Google health data deal | Facebook reports millions of post takedowns | Microsoft shakes up privacy debate | Disney plus tops 10M sign-ups in first day MORE met with Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersHouse passes Ex-Im Bank reboot bill opposed by White House, McConnell White House, McConnell come out against House bill on Ex-Im Bank Divides over China, fossil fuels threaten House deal to reboot Ex-Im Bank MORE (D-Calif.) behind closed doors on Wednesday ahead of his testimony before the committee she chairs next week, according to multiple reports.

The Information and NBC News both reported the meeting. The Hill has reached out to Waters's office for more information.

Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify before the House Financial Services Committee next Wednesday in a hearing that will likely focus on Facebook's plans to launch a new digital currency called Libra next year.

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Scrutiny on Libra has been building for months from lawmakers and regulators concerned a cryptocurrency from one of the world's largest social media platforms could have significant effects on the world financial system.

Zuckerberg's testimony comes at a critical juncture for the digital currency project.

Critics have pounced on recent struggles from the Libra Association, which is is legally separate from Facebook.

The group has been hit with the departures of Mastercard, Visa, eBay, Stripe and PayPal this month.

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have raised concerns that the Switzerland-based project could be abused for terrorist financing and money laundering and that Facebook can't be trusted in the financial services sector.

Zuckerberg is the second top official to testify on the cryptocurrency following Libra executive David Marcus's appearance before Congress in July.