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Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg will not answer questions from British lawmakers over how millions of users’ data got into the hands of political consultancy Cambridge Analytica but has asked a deputy to attend, the company said today.
Zuckerberg will now send his Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer or Chief Product Officer Chris Cox to appear before parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee.
In response to a request by British lawmakers to appear before them, the firm’s Head of UK Public Policy told lawmakers that Schroepfer or Cox were better placed to answer questions.
“Facebook fully recognised the level of public and Parliamentary interest in these issues and support your belief that these issues must be addressed at the most senior levels of the company by those in an authoritative position,” wrote Rebecca Stimson.
“As such Mr Zuckerberg has personally asked one of his deputies to make themselves available to give evidence in person to the Committee.”
Zuckerberg had apologised last week amid data mining allegations and promised tougher steps to restrict developers’ access to such information.