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Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress next week

05 April 2018

Zuckerberg will appear before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 11, the panel said on Wednesday.

Facebook stated on Wednesday that the personal information of up to 87 million users may have been improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, up from a previous news media estimate of more than 50 million, reports Reuters.

The announcement comes ahead of CEO Mark Zuckerberg's widely anticipated testimony before Congress next week.

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Zuckerberg's comments signal that Facebook users in the USA may soon have less control over their personal data than European users. The Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees also have called for Zuckerberg to appear before them.

While Facebook has beefed up its privacy practices in recent years, Zuckerberg has not committed to providing the protections of the European General Data Protection regulations-widely seen as the strictest in the world-to users outside of Europe. Walden and Pallone said a day later that as Facebook's top executive, Zuckerberg is indeed the "right witness to provide answers to the American people". Cambridge subsequently did work for the Donald Trump campaign, leading to speculation that Cambridge had used the Facebook data in a psychographic ad-targeting campaign.

The US committee confirmed this afternoon that Mr Zuckerberg had accepted its invite. Other Republican clients of Cambridge Analytica included Sen.

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Several days after the scandal broke, Zuckerberg was asked in an interview with the New York Times whether Facebook is "planning to notify the 50 million users whose data was shared with Cambridge Analytica".

Zuckerberg insisted that Facebook users around the world already have numerous tools that will be required under the law, including the ability to request a copy of their data and destroy it. The company sought to influence an array of matters that ranged from potential changes to government surveillance programs to corporate tax issues.

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Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress next week