Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has decided that he’ll need to testify before U.S. lawmakers in the coming weeks to answer a drumbeat of Congressional questions over how the company handles user information, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The social network has not yet outlined concrete plans for what Zuckerberg will say or when he will appear, said the person, who asked not to be identified discussing internal planning.
Zuckerberg has been the subject of withering criticism from lawmakers from both major U.S. political parties, as well as members of the U.K. Parliament, amid signs that Facebook has failed to protect user privacy. Newspaper reports this month said an advertising-data firm obtained information on more than 50 million Facebook users without their consent, and then lied about deleting it. The revelations have prompted some people to delete their Facebook accounts and heightened concern that the social network will lose advertisers and be subject to tighter regulation. It’s also fuelled a 16 per cent decline in the stock.