Data row: Facebook’s Zuckerberg declines to appear before MPs
27 Mar 2018

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly turned down a request to appear before British lawmakers, amid an ongoing row alleging users personal data was harvested and used in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Chairman of the Department for Culture Media and Sport select committee Damian Collins, said Facebook chief product officer Chris Cox would appear instead, according to the BBC.

This week whistleblower Christopher Wylie, who accuses his former employer Cambridge Analytica of having the details of users, appeared before the select committee to discuss the issue.

Cambridge Analytica denies that data acquired was used as part of the services it provided for the Trump campaign.

In a tweet on Tuesday afternoon it said it was was “sad to see Christopher Wylie leave in July 2014 after 11 months with the company; he was very gifted,” and that “we took legal action purely to stop him from pitching identical services to our own clients.”

– BBC

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