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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will reportedly testify in a hearing held by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 11, focused on Facebook's use and protection of user data, The Wall Street Journal confirmed.
This will be Zuckerberg's first public testimony before US lawmakers. Since last week, the CEO has given interviews to a handful of news outlets, including CNN, The New York Times, Wired, Recode, and Vox.
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The company has announced a slew of adjustments it's making or planning to make, including by launching data privacy features or fixes, purging bad actors, and attempting to curb the spread of disinformation. Ahead of Zuckerberg's appearance next Wednesday, such announcements seem likely to continue streaming out of company leadership.
The hearing is likely to mirror the first set of tech hearings that took place last fall with legal representatives from companies that included Facebook, Twitter, and Google. Lawmakers then present were alarmed and disappointed at the apparent inability of these platforms to self-regulate. Facing a similar set of government officials, and as the founder and head of his company, Zuckerberg will need to be prepared to respond, not just with platitudes promising self-betterment, but with meaningful actions that the company has taken and will continue to take to ensure that users' data is protected and that it will do what it can and must to weed out bad actors.
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Facebook has already issued two statements this week, announcing two new steps the company is taking to that...
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