Facebook scheduled an open meeting for all employees on Tuesday to allow them to ask questions about the development of the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, according to an internal invitation from the calendar reviewed by The Verge. The meeting, which is scheduled for 10 AM PT, will be led by Paul Grewal, the company's deputy legal counsel. Grewal is expected to explain the case history, which implies that Cambridge Analytica uses user profiles of up to 50 million people as part of its advertising orientation efforts during the 2016 elections. Grewal is also expected to answer questions through a polling feature found on the meeting's internal event page.
Facebook did not respond immediately to a request for comments.
While Facebook executives have been active in discussing the history of Cambridge Analytica in internal forums, Tuesday's meeting will represent the first time a large group of employees will have to question the leadership of the company live and in person. . (The event is also being broadcast to remote employees around the world as part of "FYI Live," a series of live chats with company executives organized by the internal Facebook communications team.)
The move reflects growing internal concern over Facebook's response to reports published this week in The New York Times and The Guardian. The articles explain how a researcher at the University of Cambridge created a Facebook application to collect information on millions of Facebook profiles and incorrectly gave the data to Cambridge Analytica, in violation of Facebook's terms of service. Together, they raised new concerns about the steps Facebook takes to protect the privacy of user data, asking Mark Zuckerberg to testify before Congress and that Facebook shares fall more than 10 percent below the record high reached. on February 1st.
The meeting on Tuesday is scheduled to last only 30 minutes. One employee I spoke with said the move looked like a temporary measure designed to buy the company's time until the weekly Friday meeting, where CEO Mark Zuckerberg is expected to speak.
Zuckerberg has faced internal and external criticism for remaining silent about the revelations of Cambridge Analytica. "The predominant feeling is, why have not we heard from Mark?" Said the employee.