Mark Zuckerberg Will Testify Before Congress, CNN Says

Facebook CEO will discuss the Cambridge Analytica data leak in Washington “within a matter of weeks,” CNN reports Tuesday

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Mark Zuckerberg is headed to Washington.

The Facebook chief exec will testify before Congress “within a matter of weeks” on the Cambridge Analytica data leak, according to a report from CNN on Tuesday morning. A key House of Representatives committee called on Zuckerberg to testify last week, in the aftermath of 50 million users unwittingly having their profiles harvested by the political data firm.

Zuckerberg had previously told CNN he’d been “happy” to speak to Congress, “if it’s the right thing to do.”

Facebook would not confirm to TheWrap if Zuckerberg will be speaking with Congress. A spokesperson for the company said Facebook has received the invitation and is talking to legislators.

The social network has been under fire over the last two weeks, with the company criticized for moving slowly to suspend Cambridge Analytica or notify its users of the leak. Zuckerberg weighed in on the issue last Wednesday, saying Facebook “made mistakes.”

The 33-year-old co-founder added that the company would be auditing “suspicious activity” from apps, and reporting to users when their data had been accessed without their consent.

If Facebook and Congress rings a bell, that’s because the company testified last fall on Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Facebook told the Senate Intelligence Committee more than 100 million Americans were hit by content stemming from Kremlin-linked trolls.

Zuckerberg had also been called by British Parliament last week to address the leak — something Zuckerberg has declined to do. Facebook has offered to send two senior execs in his place.