Facebook Inc. founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he is prepared to testify before the U.S. Congress "if it is the right thing to do," following a spate of investigations on a recent scandal involving misuse of users' personal data.
During a March 21 CNN interview, Zuckerberg apologized for the incident and acknowledged that he needed to be seen more in public to explain the situation. "We need to make sure there aren't other Cambridge Analyticas out there," he said.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Ranking Member Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J, said they will in the coming days formally ask Zuckerberg to testify.
Facebook officials left "many questions" unanswered during a staff-level briefing on March 21, Walden and Pallone said in a statement, adding that the Facebook CEO is the "right witness to provide answers to the American people."
Zuckerberg earlier released a statement via a Facebook post, outlining the steps it will take to address the data breach, including increased transparency about apps with access to user data as well as more limitations on the amount of data that can be accessed by app developers.
Facebook is facing probes from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the German government and Italy's Agcom regarding the data breach scandal involving Cambridge Analytica LLC, according to separate reports from Reuters and Telecompaper.