Senator Markey Responds to New Facebook Revelations and Announcement That Mark Zuckerberg Will Appear Before a Joint Senate Panel

Senator Markey sent a letter to Facebook requesting that Zuckerberg testify before the Senate.


Washington (April 5, 2018) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today responded to Facebook’s announcement that “malicious actors” collected information about most of its two billion users as well as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s pledge to apply European data privacy protections globally. These revelations come as the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation announces that Mr. Zuckerberg will testify in a joint hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee next week. 


“The tsunami of outrage incited by the Cambridge Analytica revelations has made one thing perfectly clear - the American people demand to regain control over their sensitive information. Facebook’s announcement that ‘malicious actors’ collected information about most of its two billion users is the latest in a disturbing series of revelations demonstrating Facebook’s failure to protect its users’ privacy. Mark Zuckerberg must explain what recourse will be provided to users who have already been subjected to abusive and intrusive invasions of their privacy and how Facebook's new policies will give the American public meaningful control over their sensitive information.”


Yesterday, Senator Markey responded to Facebook’s announcement that personal information about 87 million users may have been improperly shared with the consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.