Zuckerberg to testify before Congress amid Facebook privacy scandal

Bowing to pressure from lawmakers, the media and the public, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has decided to testify before Congress amid a scandal surrounding the infringement of users' private information.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress in a few weeks on the scandal surrounding reports that personal user information was obtained by a data-mining company.

Bowing to pressure from lawmakers, the media and the public, Zuckerberg, 33, has decided to testify before Congress, telling CNN he will be "happy" to do it "if it's the right thing to do." Facebook is currently planning the strategy for his testimony.

Last week, JOL reported that Israel is planning to open an investigation into Facebook in light of the recent discoveries. Israel's Privacy Protection Authority has informed Facebook that it will look into possible cases of infringement of Israelis' personal information.

Facebook came under fire after it was reported that Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm that worked for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, used information obtained from roughly 50 million users.

Last Wednesday, Zuckerberg broke his silence and admitted that mistakes had been made. "We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can't then we don't deserve to serve you," he wrote on his Facebook page. "I've been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn't happen again."



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