Facebook founder and chief Mark Zuckerberg failed to appear before the European Union (EU) parliament on Tuesday to clarify issues surrounding how over 50 million facebook users data was hijacked for political campaigns.
The EU has to set deadline for Zuckerberg to appear before it.
However, Facebook due to recent pressure by the EU has decided to delegate one of its deputies Mike Schroepfer, chief technology officer or Chris Cox, chief product officer to attend to the EU call in London next month.
Also, the head of public policy for Facebook in the UK, Rebecca Stimson has written to the British parliament’s digital, culture and media committee acknowledging the parliament’s concern and those of the public in the issues.
On the other hand, the EU committee Chairman Damian Collins has reiterated the committee’s decision that Facebook chief, Mark Zuckerberg appear before it to respond to the very pending questions. He stated that the serious nature of the allegations demands that Mark offer explanations to them either in person or through a video-link.
Mr. Collins said while beginning the committee meeting on Tuesday;
“We’d be very happy to invite Mr. Cox to give evidence. However, we would still like to hear from Mr. Zuckerberg as well.
“We will seek to clarify with Facebook whether he is available to give evidence or not, because that wasn’t clear from our correspondence, Mr. Collins said.
“And if he is available to give evidence, then we would be happy to do that either in person or via video link if that would be more convenient for him”, he added.
The EU therefore, has given the Facebook boss two weeks to answer its queries over the scandal, which also has heavily hit the social media’s share price including wide spread public concerns.
You would recall that the US social media giant, Mark Zuckerberg had apologized to customers over the slag in data security which made private companies gain access to its user data turning it for political gains.
Zuckerberg had also promised that such would not repeat itself, adding that he was ready to give whatever evidences that would be required from him.