27 March 2018, India:
Mark Zuckerberg has refused to appear before UK Parliamentary Enquiry to explain Facebook’s role in Cambridge Analytica Data Leak Scandal. The Enquiry Committee had sent him an invitation to attend a hearing of the Data Leak Scandal on March 20.
The invitation was sent after whistleblower Christopher Wylie revealed the Dala Leak Scandal.
In a letter to Damian Collins (Chairman of the Commons Culture Committee ), Rebecca Stimson (Head of Public Policy, Facebook) said that the company will send Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer or Chief Product officer Chris Cox in place of Mark Zuckerberg.
Mark Zuckerberg declines request to appear before U.K. parliamentary committee and @DamianCollins. Recommends his Chief Technology Officer and Chief Product Officer instead. Full letter here: pic.twitter.com/Q6EueSHu8a
— Joe Mayes (@Joe_Mayes) 27 March 2018
Damian Collins said that the he is looking forward to Chris Cox’s appearance before the Committee. But Collins also repeated that Zuckerberg should appear before the enquiry.
In a tweet Collins wrote, “Facebook has got many questions to answer that their executives have failed to answer in previous appearances before our Committee. As Mark Zuckerberg’s deputy we hope that Chris Cox has the sufficient authority and operational responsibility to concretely answer these questions”
Collins added, “Given the seriousness of these issues we still believe that Mark Zuckerberg is the right person to give evidence, and would like him to confirm if he will make himself available to the Committee. He stated in interviews that if he is the right person to appear he will appear. we think he his the right person to and look forwarding to hearing from him.”
— Damian Collins (@DamianCollins) 27 March 2018
The Senate’s judiciary committee of US has also invited Zuckerberg to appear at an April 10 hearing on the future of data privacy in Social Media.
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