Robots Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is about to testify in front of Congress for the first time in over a year — here’s how to watch (FB)


  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is facing questions from lawmakers on Wednesday in a publicly streamed hearing.
  • Zuckerberg faces the US House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services in a meeting titled, “An Examination of Facebook and Its Impact on the Financial Services and Housing Sectors.”
  • It’s his first time answering lawmakers’ questions in a public forum since April 2018, when he defended Facebook in the wake of a series of events where Facebook mishandled user data.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to appear in front of a Congressional committee on Wednesday morning.

It’s his first public appearance in front of lawmakers since April 2018, when he defended Facebook after a series of events where the company mishandled user data.

During the hearing on Wednesday, he’s expected to face questions about two broad components of Facebook’s business: financial services and housing.

More specifically, Zuckerberg is expected to get questions about Libra — the cryptocurrency that Facebook revealed earlier this year. Since its announcement, it has faced critiques from lawmakers and pundits alike; several major partners working with Facebook on the project have dropped out.

Read more: Facebook just took the wraps off Libra, a new cryptocurrency that will let anyone in the world pay with their smartphone

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees joint hearing regarding the company’s use and protection of user data, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2018.
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To that end, Facebook outright issued Zuckerberg’s public statements ahead of the hearing on Wednesday.

“The idea behind Libra is that sending money should be as easy and secure as sending a text message,” Zuckerberg’s statement says. “Libra will be a global payments system, fully backed by a reserve of cash and other highly liquid assets. I believe this is something that needs to get built, but I understand we’re not the ideal messenger right now. We’ve faced a lot of issues over the past few years, and I’m sure people wish it was anyone but Facebook putting this idea forward.”

His prepared remarks are just the beginning — Zuckerberg will face questions from Republican and Democratic representatives, including Facebook critics like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. 

The hearing kicks off at 10 a.m. ET, and you can watch it via the YouTube embed below:

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