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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is crowdsourcing suggestions for questions to ask the Facebook CEO on Wednesday.

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October 22, 2019 5:14 PM PDT


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg returns to Washington on Wednesday to face questions about his company's cryptocurrency effort, Libra.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Got questions for Mark Zuckerberg about Facebook? Chances are, you do. Probably lots.

And you might get your chance Wednesday. The social networking giant's chief is scheduled to testify before the US House Committee on Financial Services, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic member of the committee, began soliciting questions for Zuckerberg from her followers on Twitter.

"Hypothetically, if you were, say, a member of Congress sitting on the Financial Services Committee given 5 minutes to question Mark Zuckerberg, what would you ask?" she


Her crowdsourcing effort had attracted thousands of responses less than an hour after her tweet. Many focused on why the company continues to accept political ads that violate Facebook's own misinformation policy. Others asked whether Facebook should be regulated, while others wanted to see the company's algorithms.

Many intriguing questions, but most appear a bit off topic for the House committee. Wednesday's hearing is called An Examination of Facebook and Its Impact on the Financial Services and Housing Sectors and will deal with Facebook's planned cryptocurrency, Libra.

This isn't Zuckerberg's first appearance before a congressional committee. In April 2018, Zuckerberg testified before committees in both the House and the Senate for a total of 10 hours over two days. He answered questions about Facebook's handling of user data, its privacy practices and the basics of how the social network operates.

Facebook declined to comment.


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