CEO Founder Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly come to terms with the fact he will have to testify in front of Congress, according to a new CNN report.
Last week, Zuckerburg seemed unwilling to commit to testifying.
“I’m happy to if it’s the right thing to do,” Zuckerberg previously told CNN. “Facebook testifies in Congress regularly on a number of topics, some high-profile, and some not… What we try to do is send the person at Facebook who will have the most knowledge about what Congress is trying to learn. So if that’s me, then I am happy to go.”
Now, Zuckerberg has said he will go before Congress.
As per CNN:
Facebook sources tell CNNMoney the 33-year-old CEO has come to terms with the fact that he will have to testify before Congress within a matter of weeks, and Facebook is currently planning the strategy for his testimony.
The pressure from lawmakers, the media and the public has become too intense to justify anything less.
The Facebook sources believe Zuckerberg’s willingness to testify will also put pressure on Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to do the same. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has officially invited all three CEOs to a hearing on data privacy on April 10.
Facebook has been in crisis mode over fake news and influence over the 2016 election that intensified with revelations that Cambridge Analytica, a data firm linked to Donald Trump, mined user information without permission.
It is unclear when Zuckerberg’s testimony may take place.