Mark Zuckerberg to appear before European Parliament

Posted May 17, 2018

The announcement comes after Facebook was hit with a privacy scandal revealing it had collected users' data to build profiles on American voters that was used in both former-President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department and the FBI are investigating Cambridge Analytica, a now-defunct political data firm embroiled in a scandal over its handling of Facebook user information, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. Facebook users deserve a proper answer to what has happened to their data.

Facebook has written to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee in the United Kingdom responding to 39 questions the Committee believed that Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Mike Schroepfer failed to answer when he appeared before MPs to give evidence.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will appear before the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs (LIBE) at an as-yet-unscheduled-date to explain his company's privacy policies, according to the Parliament's President, Antonio Tajani.

Christopher Wylie, who ran research for the firm and later became the whistleblower on the Facebook connection, said to The New York Times that he had been questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The company ceased operations earlier this month, citing a groundswell of "unfairly negative" media coverage.

The European Parliament has requested Zuckerberg appear before the assembly a few times, and it appears he has finally agreed.

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Facebook has said other apps may also have misused personal data and this week suspended some 200 applications as part of its investigation.

Frustrated MPs are now hoping Zuckerberg will appear via video link instead to give evidence into the inquiry into the data siphoning scandal.

'There is a lot more work to be done to find all the apps that may have misused people's Facebook data - and it will take time, ' Mr Archibong said. Facebook lost billions in market value and Zuckerberg had to apologize publically for his mistake as well as testify before the US Congress. Celebrities called for the boycotting of Facebook with the #deleteFacebook movement being launched.

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When Mr Wylie appeared before MPs he claimed to have "three binders of evidence" on Cambridge Analytica's involvement with Vote Leave during the UK's European Union referendum.