Democratic Sen. Calls Out Zuckerberg After Statement: ‘Come to Congress and Testify’


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg made a public statement vowing to improve the platform’s commitment to privacy — but it doesn’t seem like his words will suffice for the United States Senate.

Sen. Ed Markey demanded the founder of the social media site speak to Congress about Facebook’s relationship with Cambridge Analytica, the controversial company recently reported to have harvested upwards of 50 million user profiles in an attempt to influence voters across the country in the 2016 presidential election. “You need to come to Congress and testify to this under oath,” the senator tweeted in a response to Zuckerberg’s Facebook post on Wednesday afternoon.

In hist post, Zuckerberg expressed regret for previously providing capabilities for Cambridge Analytica and other apps on the site to harvest personal information without the consent of Facebook users. “We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you,” he said. “We will investigate all apps that had access to large amounts of information before we changed our platform to dramatically reduce data access in 2014, and we will conduct a full audit of any app with suspicious activity.”

Zuckerberg has been touring the U.S. in recent months on a speaking tour, raising rumors of a potential 2020 presidential bid for the 33-year-old Silicon Valley entrepreneur. The recent developments have hampered those conversations, however, putting the spotlight on Facebook’s apparent failure to protect its users from being the target of fake news and manipulative tactics to sway their vote in a historic election season.

Other lawmakers immediately responded to Zuckerberg’s statement with a variety of pressing questions, likely paving the way for the Facebook founder’s Congressional testimony.

“I’d like to know how much profit [Zuckerberg] made,” Rep. John Garamendi said in an interview with Cheddar. “What’s the bottom line? Is it all about greed? Is it all about building a business?”

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