Mark Zuckerberg is being asked by a UK Parliamentary committee to appear and testify in regards to how Facebook gains, stores, and protects the data of their hundreds of millions of users. In a letter addressed to the Facebook founder and CEO, chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee Damian Collins stated that Facebook misled the committee and “consistently understated” the potential for data to be taken without the users’ knowledge or consent.
Collins continues on to say, “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.”
Collins indicated that Zuckerberg has essentially gone against his goal for 2018 of fixing many of Facebook’s security issues, a fact which plays a large part in why the committee has asked for Zuckerberg to appear in person himself. Collins stated that Zuckerberg has been requested to respond by Monday, March 26.
This call is greatly due to the revelation that the information of over 50 million American Facebook users’ information was compromised in order for a private firm to gather data on those users. The firm used the information to expose users to personalized ads meant to influence their decision in the 2016 presidential election. And yes, they were of a pro-Trump nature. A current Facebook employee is being investigated for his involvement in the scheme, and Zuckerberg has remained suspiciously quiet during the investigation.
The letter does not distinctly compel Zuckerberg to appear in front of the committee, but it’s more of a strong request, sort of in a “Hey, if you’ve got nothing to hide, why not talk to us?” way. This being the case, there’s a possibility that this won’t lead to any action on Zuckerberg’s part, but it certainly doesn’t bode well for his public image, nor Facebook’s.
[via The Verge]