International

UK MPs demand Zuckerberg testify

Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

British MPs renewed a demand on Tuesday to interview Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg over a data privacy row that has rocked the social media giant, after he responded to an earlier request by offering to send one of his deputies.

Damian Collins, the chairman of the House of Commons digital, culture and media committee, said the seriousness of the allegations meant it was “appropriate” for Mr. Zuckerberg to offer an explanation himself, whether in person or via video-link.

 

His comments came amid renewed pressure from the EU to disclose more details about how up to 50 million users’ data are alleged to have been taken from Facebook and used in political campaigns.

In a letter published by the British committee on Tuesday, Facebook offered to send chief technology office Mike Schroepfer or chief product officer Chris Cox to London next month to provide answers.

“We’d be very happy to invite Mr Cox to give evidence. However we would still like to hear from Mr Zuckerberg as well,” Mr. Collins said at the start of a committee hearing on Tuesday.


Our code of editorial values

This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Nov 28, 2021 5:08:23 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/uk-mps-demand-zuckerberg-testify/article23366350.ece

Next Story