According to a recent report from the Associated Press, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that is prepared to testify before Congress to address questions and concerns surrounding his company's alleged criminal practices.
Social media giant Facebook is currently facing a major privacy scandal after it was accused of selling tens of millions of users' private information to Cambridge Analytica, a data mining and data brokerage that specializes in electoral processes and activities.
After news of this controversy was released last Friday, numerous Facebook users and social media watchdogs have accused Zuckerberg and his company of willingly selling their users' private information for profit. Even former NSA contractor Edward Snowden pinned the blame squarely on Facebook and accused the social media giant of being a "surveillance company" that rebranded itself as a social media platform.
In response to these allegations, Zuckerberg said that he is prepared to answer any questions Congress may have about the issue with Cambridge Analytica. In an interview on CNN last Wednesday, Zuckerberg expressed his desire to do "the right thing" and that he is prepared to appear before Congress, though, the Facebook CEO also added that his company has executives who are more suited to answer lawmakers' questions than he is.
However, data theft is not the only hot button issue hounding the social media company. Aside from allegedly selling user information, Facebook is also being accused of abetting Russian agents in manipulating their social network to sway the 2016 U.S. presidential election in favor of current President Donald J. Trump.
Eventually, Zuckerberg has stated that although other Facebook executives are more suited to face Congress, he also claims that he is the "sole authority" in his company, and that he is prepared to respond to most questions related to Cambridge Analytica and the 2016 Presidential Election.
In an effort to reduce the effects of the controversy, Zuckerberg says that he plans speak about Facebook's future in an effort at "rebuilding trust" and to rebuild Facebook's reputation amidst the controversies currently surrounding it, according anonymous sources not authorized to speak publicly.
Sources close to Zuckerberg also claim that the Facebook CEO is planning to "speak publicly" about Facebook's privacy scandal, including the accusations that Trump campaign consultants had allegedly acquired stolen data from Facebook users to influence the 2016 election.
So far, though, criticisms against both Zuckerberg and his company, as Twitter users are using the #WhereisZuck hashtag to talk about the issues surrounding Facebook and its future as a major social media platform.