Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg is planning to testify before Congress about the way the Silicon Valley giant manages its users’ data, people familiar with the matter said Tuesday, setting the stage for a potentially pivotal moment for the 14-year-old company at a time of mounting tension with regulators and lawmakers.
It would mark Zuckerberg’s first public testimony in front of U.S. lawmakers. Zuckerberg, who has rarely strayed beyond carefully managed public appearances, now is resigned to the fact that he will have to testify, the people said. Facebook FB, -4.90% officials are currently preparing for this inevitability.
Many details have yet to be hammered out, the people added, and Zuckerberg hasn’t formally accepted any requests for him to appear. In an interview with CNN last week, Zuckerberg said he would be open to testifying if he was the “right person” to do so.
On Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee asked Zuckerberg to appear at an April 10 hearing on data privacy. Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, also invited Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Alphabet Inc.’s GOOGL, -4.47% Google, and Twitter Inc. TWTR, -12.03% Chief Executive Jack Dorsey.
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