Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress over Libra as scrutiny mounts

The House Financial Services Committee announced Wednesday that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg would testify before its committee on Oct. 23 over the social media giant's cryptocurrency, Libra. The hearing, titled, "An Examination of Facebook and Its Impact on the Financial Services and Housing Sectors," will have Zuckerberg as its only witness.

The House Financial Services Committee previously convened in July to discuss a draft bill titled "Keep Big Tech Out of Finance Act," which aims to prohibit large platforms utilities from "becoming chartered, licensed or registered as a U.S. financial institution or otherwise becoming affiliated with such financial institutions." The bill would also prohibit these platforms from issuing and operating a "digital asset that is intended to be widely used as medium of exchange, unit of account, store of value, or any other similar function as defined by the Federal Reserve."

Also in July, Libra's co-creator, David Marcus, went before the U.S. Senate to answer questions on Libra.