Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has denied appearing before a United Kingdom parliamentary committee to address them about the ongoing data-breach saga, where data of millions have allegedly been compromised with a third-party firm – Cambridge Analytica. Damian Collins, the member of the British Parliament, had earlier requested Facebook CEO to appear before a parliamentary committee to give oral evidence on the current issue of data-breach.
Instead of Mark Zuckerberg appearing before the committee, the Facebook in their response said that their Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer or Chief Product Office Chris Cox will be made available to appear before the Committee, depending on their preferred timing.
In their response to Collins’ letter, Head of Public Policy Rebecca Stimson replied, “Facebook fully recognises the level of public and Parliamentary interest in these issues and support your belief that these issues must be addressed at the most senior levels of the company by those in an authoritative position to answer your questions. As such Mr Zuckerberg has personally asked one his deputies to make themselves available to give evidence in person to the Committee.”
You can read the full response by Facebook here:
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In his letter to Facebook, Collins, Chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media, and Sports Committee said “Your officials have consistently understated this risk, and have been misleading to the Committee. It is now time to hear from a senior Facebook executive with the sufficient authority to give an accurate account of this catastrophic failure of process.” You can read Collins’ letter in full, here.
Last week Facebook Chief Mark Zuckerberg had put out full-page advertisements in nine major British and US newspapers, apologising for a huge data scandal. He’d said, “We have a responsibility to protect your information. If we can't we don't deserve it.”