Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is facing criticism for his silence about his company’s role in the widening of the data-breach scandal.
Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg was a no-show on the social media giant’s Tuesday internal informing of the employees about his role in a widening of the data-breach scandal, according to reports.
According to The Daily Beast, Facebook held a question-and-answer session for employees over the leaking of data, which provided the company known as Cambridge Analytica access to 50 million accounts to try to influence the elections.
The british company came under fire in the last days after a suspension by Facebook for improper access to user private data. The company, which has ties with the 2016 Donald Trump presidential campaign, said in a legal document on Facebook that it was removed from the data, but the facts are disputed.
Whistleblower Christopher Wylie, who once worked for Cambridge Analytica as a contractor, was quoted as saying the company used the data to build psychological profiles, so that voters can be with targeted ads and stories.
Cambridge Analytica, the company suspended CEO Alexander Nix, pending the results of an ongoing investigation — has denied any wrongdoing in the data scandal. As a result, Facebook said it is looking for forensic audits to investigate the data-mining company claims.
The Point that originally it was reported that the Tuesday-morning session for employees would be led by Paul Grewal, the company’s deputy general counsel.
Of employee to legislators internationally, Zuckerberg is facing mounting criticism over his silence regarding the data breach.
“The prevailing sentiment is, why have we not heard from Mark?” a Facebook representative told The Verge.
Laura Argyres, a spokeswoman for Facebook, told Fox News about the report of Zuckerberg is AWOL: “Thanks for reaching out — sorry, not something to share.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.