Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to testify before a congressional committee about the company’s role in a third party’s use of its data to try to sway voters in the 2016 election, according to a report in the New York Times.
The paper quoted unnamed people familiar with Zuckerberg’s decision in saying that he plans to testify next month before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Facebook and Zuckerberg have faced intense scrutiny over the controversy, which involved a British company, Cambridge Analytica, that harvested information from Facebook users’ profiles – including some from people who didn’t give their consent. The data was then allegedly used to create psychological profiles of those users to improve Cambridge Analytica’s ability to advertise to them about the election.
The news comes as the Federal Trade Commission has said it is also investigating the issue, and moves by local officials and states toward possible lawsuits against the social media network. The state’s attorney in Cook County, Illinois, which includes Chicago, has already filed a lawsuit against Facebook and Cambridge Analytica on behalf of users.