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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, under threat of an official summons in the U.K., has no plans to testify before Parliament over the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal.

Lawmakers in the United Kingdom want Zuckerberg to testify before them like he did before the U.S. Congress. But Facebook’s head of public policy, Rebecca Stimson, wrote them Tuesday, saying that Zuckerberg “has no plans to meet with the committee or travel to the UK at the present time.”

Stimson sent the letter to Damian Collins, chair of the Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, along with answers to the questions the committee sent after the testimony of Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer in late April. The committee’s questions went beyond the Cambridge Analytica case. They also asked about political ads, general privacy practices, fake accounts and more.

The lawmakers were not satisfied with Schroepfer’s answers, and called on Zuckerberg to testify.

Tuesday, they continued to do so: “If Mark Zuckerberg truly recognises the ‘seriousness’ of these issues as they say they do, we would expect that he would want to appear in front of the Committee and answer questions that are of concern not only to Parliament, but Facebook’s tens of millions of users in this country,” Collins said in a statement. He added that “we would also be open to taking his evidence by video link, if that would be the only way to do this during the period of our inquiry.”

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Over two days in mid-April, Zuckerberg testified before U.S. Senate and House committees, who grilled him over what happened with Cambridge Analytica, the political data consulting firm that accessed the information of up to 87 million Facebook users without their permission.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Business


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