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Reuters first reported that Zuckerberg had been called to testify before the House of Representatives in a tweet on Friday morning.
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment by the Daily Dot on Friday morning.
In the letter sent to Zuckerberg, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce said the allegations “raise many concerns about what user information app developers are given access to, how app developers are given access to users’ information on the Facebook Platform, what has happened to Facebook users’ information since the functionality was launched in 2007, and whether there are other entities misusing user information.”
Bipartisan E&C leaders send formal invitation to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testify before the committee >> https://t.co/MtFXFPIJjT— Energy and Commerce (@HouseCommerce) March 23, 2018
The social media giant has attracted scrutiny in the wake of reports that Cambridge Analytica, a data firm company that worked with President Donald Trump‘s 2016 election campaign, harvested information about more than 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge.
The data was collected after users interacted with a quiz on the social media platform that allowed access to not only their data, but data from their Facebook friends. The data was reportedly kept by Cambridge Analytica after Facebook asked them to delete it. In the aftermath, Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and others have called on Congress to investigate the situation.
On Wednesday, the Facebook CEO sat down with CNN and apologized for the “breach of trust.”
“This was a major breach of trust, and I’m really sorry that this happened,” Zuckerberg told the news outlet. “Our responsibility now is to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”
He also said he would be “happy” to testify before Congress.
“The short answer is I’m happy to if it’s the right thing to do,” he said.
The House committee said it would “be in touch” to determine the date of a hearing with Zuckerberg.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).