Zuckerberg will send top Facebook officials instead of facing UK lawmakers

Zuckerberg will send top Facebook officials instead of facing UK lawmakers
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Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergBipartisan attorneys general urge Facebook to scrap planned Instagram for kids Hillicon Valley: Broadband companies funded fake net neutrality comments, investigation finds | Twitter rolls out tip feature | Google to adopt 'hybrid work week' Oversight Board achieving what government cannot MORE will not appear before British lawmakers who are seeking answers after it was revealed that consulting firm Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed millions of Facebook users' personal data.

He instead will send either Mike Schroepfer, Facebook's chief technology officer, or Chris Cox, chief product officer, to testify before Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Reuters reported.


The committee's chairman is not closing the door on speaking to Zuckerberg, who has faced calls from lawmakers in the U.S. and U.K. to answer questions about the scandal, saying Tuesday that lawmakers would seek to set up either a video chat or in-person meeting with the Facebook chief, Reuters added.

"Facebook fully recognizes 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," Rebecca Stimson, Facebook's head of public policy in the U.K., wrote to the committee, according to the news service.

"As such Mr Zuckerberg has personally asked one of his deputies to make themselves available to give evidence in person to the Committee."

The revelation that Cambridge Analytica obtained the data of millions of Facebook users through the developer of a personality quiz app prompted sharp scrutiny of the social media company and the kind of information it allows businesses and developers to access.

Zuckerberg has apologized for Facebook's failure to protect users' data, even taking out a full-page ad in The New York Times on Sunday in which he called the failure a "breach of trust."

"This was a breach of trust, and I'm sorry we didn't do more at the time. We're now taking steps to make sure this doesn't happen again," he wrote.