Lawmakers call for hearings on Facebook data breach
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Embattled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is reportedly planning to testify in front of the AMERICAN legislators with regard to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but until now has rejected similar calls from the other side of the Atlantic ocean.
Now, british lawmakers are turning up the heat on Zuckerberg, he asks.
Damian Collins, M. P., Chairman of the Parliament, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS), has written a letter to the social network giant the request that Zuckerberg will appear before lawmakers next to Chris Cox, Facebook’s chief product officer, to discuss the scandal.
I’ve written to @facebook acceptance of Chris Cox as a witness, but also ask that Mark Zuckerberg appears before the Committee. I have written to Alexander Nix with the request that he appears in front of the Commission on 17 April pic.twitter.com/5JVpnYln3g
— Damian Collins (@DamianCollins) March 28, 2018
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“We accept the offer of evidence of Chris Cox, Chief Product Officer,” Collins wrote in the letter. “If Mark Zuckerberg’s deputy, we hope that Chris Cox has sufficient authority and operational responsibility concrete to answer our questions.”
Collins continued, with the request that Zuckerberg also appear. “Given the seriousness of these issues, we still believe that Mark Zuckerberg himself is the right person to testify,” he wrote.
The M. P. has requested a response from Zuckerberg is, by 9 April.
In a separate letter, Collins has asked suspended Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix to also appear before the committee.
Zuckerberg, who said in an interview with CNN that if he is the right person to testify, that he would be open to it, has until now refused to testify in front of British lawmakers with regard to the data breach.
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According to a report in The Guardian, Collins said: “it is absolutely mind-boggling that Mark Zuckerberg is not willing to submit himself to a hearing in front of a parliamentary or congressional hearing, given these are questions of fundamental importance and concern for its users, as well as in this study.”
So far, the british Prime Minister Theresa May has not backed Collins’ request, saying that “Mr. Zuckerberg will decide for himself” whether he should testify in front of the parliament.
The Guardian, together with a number of other AMERICAN newspapers, including The New York Times recently published reports that Cambridge Analytica, which has links with the 2016 Donald Trump presidential campaign, improper access to the data of 50 million Facebook accounts.
Cambridge Analytica, which is suspended from the use of the social network, denies any wrongdoing.
Facebook has said that it will examine forensic audits conducted to investigate whether the data of the marketing of the company of the receivables.
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