Mark Zuckerberg Branded 'Absolutely Astonishing' For Refusing To Give Evidence Before MPs On Cambridge Analytica Scandal

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An MP has called it “absolutely astonishing” that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has rejected a request to give evidence over the Cambridge Analytics scandal. 

Facebook told the UK government’s culture committee that Zuckerberg would not appear before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, which is investigating fake news, and that the company would instead send its chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer or head of product Chris Cox.

Damian Collins, who chairs the committee, said it was “absolutely astonishing” Zuckerberg would not come to give evidence for its fake news inquiry.

Facebook has been reeling from the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The controversial data company used an app to harvest the data of around 50 million users, information which was then used to profile voters in the lead up to the US presidential election in 2016, and the EU referendum in the UK. 

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