This article is over 4 years old


Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Will Testify Before Congress On April 11

Welcoming the news, the top Republican and Democrat on a House committee said that “we look forward to him answering our questions” about protecting users’ data

Stephen Lam/Reuters
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will visit Capitol Hill to discuss consumer data privacy issues, the heads of a House panel said on Wednesday.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify on Capitol Hill on April 11 before the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, to answer questions about how the company protects its users’ data.

Multiple congressional committees have asked Zuckerberg to testify in light of reporting about Cambridge Analytica‘s use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. This is the first confirmation that Zuckerberg will take questions from members of Congress.

In a statement Wednesday, House lawmakers welcomed the opportunity to hear from Facebook’s CEO.

“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. We appreciate Mr. Zuckerberg’s willingness to testify before the committee, and we look forward to him answering our questions on April 11th,” said Reps. Greg Walden and Frank Pallone, the top Republican and Democrat on the panel, in a statement.

Zuckerberg, the 33-year-old founder of Facebook, has also been invited to testify at hearings by the Senate’s judiciary and commerce committees, but they have not released any word about his potential attendance.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has also invited the CEOs of Google and Twitter to testify, but it has not confirmed whether they will attend.

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit
Today in Houston Newsletter Signup
We're in the process of transitioning services for our Today in Houston newsletter. If you'd like to sign up now, fill out the form below and we will add you as soon as we finish the transition. **Please note** If you are already signed up for the newsletter, you do not need to sign up again. Your subscription will be migrated over.