His testimonies come in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which revealed that the British data firm and Trump presidential campaign consultant obtained the data of 50 million Facebook users without their permission. The company admitted today that the number was actually much higher—up to 87 million—as it outlined plans to restrict data access to third-party apps.
“This hearing will be an important opportunity to shed light on critical consumer data privacy issues and help all Americans better understand what happens to their personal information online,” said House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Greg Walden, an Oregon Republican, and ranking Democrat Frank Pallone, Jr. of New Jersey, in a statement. “We appreciate Mr. Zuckerberg’s willingness to testify before the committee, and we look forward to him answering our questions on April 11th.”
This is Zuckerberg’s first confirmed appearance in front of lawmakers—in the past, he’s sent employees when the company has been asked to testify.