Mark Zuckerberg, the 33-year-old founder and CEO of Facebook, has agreed to testify before Congress, yielding to pressure from lawmakers, the media and the public over the social media site’s data privacy issues, CNN reports.
The report cites sources at Facebook who say the company is currently planning the strategy for Zuckerberg’s testimony, which is expected to take place within the next couple of weeks.
“The Facebook sources believe Zuckerberg’s willingness to testify will also put pressure on Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to do the same,” CNN reports. “Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has officially invited all three CEOs to a hearing on data privacy on April 10.”
Zuckerberg turned down a similar request from British lawmakers to answer questions on Facebook’s privacy practices, but will send two deputies in his place, CNN notes.
“The forthcoming Capitol Hill drama is the culmination of the tech backlash that went mainstream last year,” the story reports. “The perfect storm of political intrigue and media hype surrounding the hearings has the potential to radically change the way Americans view big tech.”