Tech Accountability Caucus Co-Chairs Call for “Real Answers, Not Avoidance or Double Talk” in Zuckerberg Testimony
Following Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before the U.S. Senate and in preparation for this testimony in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the co-chairs of the newly formed Tech Accountability Caucus, Reps. Robin Kelly (IL-02), Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) and Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-05) released this statement:
“With many questions still circulating regarding Facebook’s role in allowing foreign governments and corporations to unfairly and illegally influence our 2016 election, we are glad Mr. Zuckerberg has agreed to appear before Congress. However, we need real answers, not avoidance or double-talk.
“It’s time to put all the cards on the table and be honest about past mistakes, current failings and future goals to increase transparency and protect users and their data.
“Perhaps, most importantly, we hope that these two days of testimony are a start to a broader conversation about greater transparency. We shouldn’t have to wait for the media or Congress to uncover failings, instead, we need accountability from Facebook and other tech companies when they fail to live up to expected standards.”
Notes: The Tech Accountability Caucus was formed in March following years of work by the co-chairs and other Members to bring greater accountability to the tech sector, including improving transparency, protecting users and their data, fostering innovation and increasing diversity. At tomorrow’s House Energy and Commerce hearing, co-chair, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, will offer questions on behalf of the caucus.