March 20, 2018 / 7:33 PM / 4 months ago

Senate Democrat wants Facebook CEO Zuckerberg to testify

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said on Tuesday that Facebook Inc chief executive Mark Zuckerberg should testify in Congress about his company’s treatment of users’ data.

FILE PHOTO - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the Alumni Exercises following the 366th Commencement Exercises at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

“Fifty million people lost their privacy,” Feinstein told reporters at the U.S. Senate, amid mounting calls in Congress for the social media company to account for the mining of its users’ personal data by a political consultancy hired by President Donald Trump’s campaign.

“I think that we ought to have the head of Facebook, not their lawyer, not their number two, but their number one, come... state if they’re really prepared to lead the industry to some controls that prevent all this from happening,” she said.

Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Nick Zieminski

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