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As Zuckerburg Heads to D.C., Where is Google’s Larry Page?

The Google CEO avoided testifying on Capitol Hill once before, but as user data becomes a hot topic, will he stand up?

By NTK Staff | 03.28.2018 @5:00pm

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerburg is in the hot seat as revelations about how the tech giant collects, stores, and sells user data have come to light.

In short, Facebook scraped call and text message data from Android phones for years. Users had to agree to give permission to Facebook to access their phone contacts.

Zuckerburg agreed to testify before Congress and answer questions about Facebook’s practices. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) invited Zuckerberg to testify before the Senate Judiciary committee as early as April 10.

Grassley also invited representatives from Google and Twitter, two other major tech companies that sell user data, to testify as well. There’s no word yet on whether they will show up.

Alphabet CEO Larry Page has been asked previously to testify before Congress, but was able to get out of it when the issue, a dispute with ridesharing company Uber, was settled.

Like Facebook, Google harvests personal user information, and turns around and sells that data to advertisers. Like Facebook, Google has been accused of helping to spread “fake news” through YouTube.

So if Zuckerburg is willing to testify before Congress, why won’t Page?

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