A UK parliamentary committee has asked Mark Zuckerberg to appear and give his testimony about how Facebook acquires, stores and protects user data. Damian Collins, chairman of the Digital Committee, Culture, Media and Sports, writes in a letter to Zuckerberg that Facebook officials have "consistently underestimated" the risk of data being taken without the users' consent and cheating the committee .
"Now is the time to listen to a senior Facebook executive with enough authority to give an accurate account of this catastrophic failure of the process," Collins writes. He specifically requests that Zuckerberg be the person to appear before the committee to answer for those failures, noting that the CEO made his goal for the year "fix" the many problems of the site. If it's not Zuckerberg, Collins asks for someone else "from the top" of the company.
Zuckerberg has been remarkably quiet in recent days
Collins requests an answer for next Monday, March 26. Facebook did not respond immediately to a request for comments.
The letter does not force Facebook or Zuckerberg to appear before the committee, so it is possible that nothing comes out of this. However, with increasing scrutiny on the handling of user information by the social network, not to mention all the political propaganda, it seems likely that we will hear more about Facebook, if not about Zuckerberg himself, about these issues soon. Zuckerberg, however, has been notably absent in recent weeks and has so far remained silent about the Cambridge Analytica scandal.