By Eric Lieberman
Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee announced Wednesday morning that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify before them April 11, at 10:00 a.m.
There were several reports last week that said Zuckerberg agreed to testify, but the exact dates either varied or were absent altogether. Following a slate of recent events and revelations, the entrepreneurial wunderkind will be pressed by U.S. officials on the company’s handling of user data, and how it ensures that the platform isn’t exploited for nefarious purposes.
“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 Republican Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon and Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey, both of whom are the top two members of the committee presiding over the hearing. “We appreciate Mr. Zuckerberg’s willingness to testify before the committee, and we look forward to him answering our questions on April 11th.”