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Facebook's Zuckerberg to Break Silence as Global Scrutiny Grows

  • Congress demands briefings as European nations weigh hearing
  • CEO said planning to make public announcement by Thursday
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Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg is planning to break days of silence about his company’s mounting crisis as governments around the world question how the personal data of millions of his company’s users could be exploited by a consulting firm linked to President Donald Trump.

Zuckerberg plans to speak publicly before Thursday morning in an effort to regain trust in the company, according to a person familiar with the plans. An open address would follow bipartisan calls for him to testify before Congress, scrutiny by the main U.S. privacy regulator and state attorneys general and the possibility of extensive probes in Europe. Details of Zuckerberg plan’s were still being finalized Wednesday afternoon.