Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) on Saturday called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee following reports that a data firm took Facebook users’ private information for President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
“Facebook breach: This is a major breach that must be investigated. It’s clear these platforms can’t police themselves. I’ve called for more transparency & accountability for online political ads. They say ‘trust us.’ Mark Zuckerberg needs to testify before Senate Judiciary,” Klobuchar, a member of the committee, wrote on Twitter.
Investigating #Facebook for blatant bias against #Conservatives might be nice too! #Republicans have rights according to the #Constitution too!#Facebook is a company town and needs to be declared as such.
— overpasses4America (@o4america) March 18, 2018
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Her comment came in response to the news that Cambridge Analytica, the data firm used by the Trump campaign, obtained the private information of more than 50 million people without their permission for campaign uses.
It was also reported that senior members of Cambridge Analytica met with Russian business executives ahead of the 2016 campaign.
Facebook suspended the group on Friday for not fully deleting all of the data it had obtained.
Klobuchar also said that Cambridge Analytica taking data on Facebook users is further justification for regulating technology companies via her Honest Ads Act, introduced in late 2017. The bill would hold internet platforms like Facebook to similar political ad disclosure standards as radio, TV and print outlets.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) who co-sponsored the legislation, also said that Facebook’s dealings with Cambridge Analytica are reason to pass the Honest Ads Act.
“Whether it’s allowing Russians to purchase political ads, or extensive micro-targeting based on ill-gotten user data, it’s clear that, left unregulated, this market will continue to be prone to deception and lacking in transparency,” he said in a statement on Saturday. “This is another strong indication of the need for Congress to quickly pass the Honest Ads Act to bring transparency and accountability to online political advertisements.”
Facebook’s general counsel, Colin Stretch, testified in front of the Judiciary Committee last year alongside top lawyers from Google and Twitter about Russian manipulation on its platform. At the time, some lawmakers said that they would also like to see top executives from the firm appear before Congress.
The social media platform has already been under increased scrutiny after it was revealed that Russian actors spent $100,000 on political advertisements on the site during the presidential campaign.
Facebook has been cooperating with investigators. The information about the ads was handed to Congress and special counsel Robert Mueller for their investigations into Russian interference in the election.
If you live in the districts of any of the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee below, please call them at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to open an investigation into Facebook’s blatant discrimination against political conservatives, to please have Facebook declared a “Digital Company Town”, and regulate the social media venue to ensure equal and fair free speech for all users.
Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.
Members of the Senate Committee are:
Chairman: Senator Chuck Grassley (R – IA)
Ranking Member: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D – CA)
Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R – UT)
Senator Lindsey Graham (R – SC)
Senator John Cornyn (R – TX)
Senator Michael S. Lee (R – UT)
Senator Ted Cruz (R – TX)
Senator Ben Sasse (R – NE)
Senator Jeff Flake (R – AZ)
Senator Mike Crapo (R – ID)
Senator Thom Tillis (R – NC)
Senator John Kennedy (R – LA)
Senator Patrick Leahy (D – VT)
Senator Dick Durbin (Communist-Democrat – IL)
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D – RI)
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D – MN)
Senator Christopher A. Coons (Communist-Democrat – DE)
Senator Richard Blumenthal (Communist-Democrat – CT)
Senator Mazie Hirono (D – HI)
Senator Cory Booker (Communist-Democrat – NJ)
Senator Kamala Harris (Communist-Democrat – CA)
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March 18th, 2018