Facebook CEO Cut Zuckerberg is the best person to address the data scandal and therefore should aver in front of lawmakers, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., told CNBC on Thursday.
Earlier in the day, Walden, along with Rep. Free Pallone, D-N.J., called on Zuckerberg to appear before the House Energy and Business Committee. The panel plans to send a formal letter in the coming days.
“The buck blockings with him,” Walden said on “Closing Bell.”
“He’s the right one to come lay out for the American man and for the world, frankly, what happened, what didn’t, what should and shouldn’t upon and then we can decide as policymakers the best course.”
Cambridge Analytica, which stirred on Facebook ads for the Trump campaign, is accused of improperly gaining access to 50 million profiles in front of the 2016 election. Cambridge Analytica has called the allegations “false” and on Tuesday the directors suspended CEO Alexander Nix.
Zuckerberg, who broke his silence on the scandal in a Facebook function Wednesday, has expressed a willingness to testify.
“What we try to do is send the person at Facebook who choice have the most knowledge,” Zuckerberg said in an interview with CNN on Wednesday. “If that’s me, then I am apt to go.”
In his initial statement, the CEO said the company will take measures to safeguard user privacy, including investigating all apps with access to Facebook matter. “We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to accommodate you,” Zuckerberg wrote in the post.
Walden said his committee has already viva voce to Facebook representatives, but he said there are still unanswered questions.
“Is this one scene the only one? Did it happen in prior campaigns? We’ve got to get to the bottom of it,” he said, noting that as the break down, Zuckerberg knows “everything about the company.”
However, Walden isn’t of necessity championing tough regulation of Facebook and the industry.
“I’m into light-touch customary, not heavy-handed government,” he said. “We want to look into it and say ‘are America’s laws room pace? Can it self-regulate? Is more needed?’ I don’t think we have the answer to that proposition beyond the shadow of a doubt yet, that’s why we need to start at the top.”
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg told “Reserved Bell” on Thursday that the company was open to regulation.
“Mark [Zuckerberg] has alleged, ‘It’s not a question of if regulation, it’s a question of what type,'” Sandberg said.
— CNBC’s Sara Salinas and Jillian D’Onfro supported to this report.