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Facebook congressional hearings enters day 2

Facebook Inc Chief Executive, Mark Zuckerberg returns to Capitol Hill on Wednesday for more questioning by lawmakers who have a rare chance to air grievances about the company directly to the head of the world’s largest social media network.

The internet magnate is scheduled to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, a day after he appeared for nearly five hours before a U.S. Senate hearing.

Zuckerberg, navigated through the first hearing on Tuesday without making any further promises to support new legislation or change how the social network does business.

Facebook has been consumed by turmoil for nearly a month, since it came to light that millions of users’ personal information was wrongly harvested from the website by Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that has counted U.S. President Donald Trump’s election campaign among its clients. The latest estimate of affected users is up to 87 million.

Zuckerberg deflected requests to support specific legislation. Pressed repeatedly by Democratic Senator Ed Markey to endorse a proposed law that would require companies to get people’s permission before sharing personal information, Zuckerberg agreed to further talks.

He said “In principle, I think that that makes sense, and the details matter, and I look forward to having our team work with you on fleshing that out”

REUTERS

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