Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat down with CNN Wednesday and when he was asked if he’d testify before Congress he said he would only appear “if it’s the right thing to do.”
“So the short answer is I’m happy to if it’s the right thing to do,” Zuckerberg said. “Facebook testifies in Congress regularly on a number of topics, some high-profile and some not. And our objective is always to provide Congress, this extremely important job, to have the most information that they can.”
“What we try to do is send the person at Facebook who will have the most knowledge about what Congress is trying to learn,” he added. “So if that’s me, then I am happy to go. What I think we’ve found so far is that typically there are people whose whole job is focused on an area, but I would imagine at some point that there will be a topic where I am the sole authority on and it will make sense for me to do it.”
Zuckerberg admitted he should be doing more public interviews, despite feeling “uncomfortable” in front of the camera and said he should be keeping people apprised of what Facebook is up to.
“The goal there I think is to get Congress all the information that they need to do their extremely important job. And we just want to make sure we send whoever is best informed at doing that,” Zuckerberg concluded. “I agree separately that there’s an element of accountability where I should be out there doing more interviews. As uncomfortable as it is for me to do a TV interview, I think this is an important thing that is a discipline for what we’re doing, I should be out there and being asked hard questions by journalists.”
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