Zuckerberg happy to testify if it is "the right thing to do”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he would be "happy" to testify before Congress if it was "the right thing to do," in an interview with CNN's Laurie Segall.
Why it matters: Facebook has been under the microscope lately for what Zuckerberg called earlier today the "Cambridge Analytica situation." Zuckerberg said if he as the "person...who will have the most knowledge," than he'd be the one to testify in the face of Facebook's data-collection situation.
Zuckerberg: Facebook may have influenced election, may need to be regulated
In a flurry of media interviews on Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he is willing to testify before Congress, that he can't guarantee that Russians didn't get their hands on Facebook user data and that he isn't sure Facebook shouldn't be regulated.
Why it matters: After remaining silent for several days, Mark Zuckerberg has given interviews with outlets including CNN, Wired, the New York Times and Recode. The interviews answer some, but definitely not all of the questions left unanswered by his earlier Facebook post.
Some key comments:
- Wired asks "How confident are you that Facebook data didn’t get into the hands of Russian operatives—into the Internet Research Agency, or even into other groups that we may not have found yet?"
- He told Recode he is open to testifying before Congress — if he is the right Facebook executive to do so.
- CNN: Do you believe Facebook impacted the 2016 election?
- CNN: Given the stakes, why shouldn't Facebook be regulated?
- He also finally apologized, in the Recode interview.
- In the New York Times interview (and he made a similar point on CNN), Zuckerberg painted the issues as hard to foresee.