Mark Zuckerberg agrees to appear before US Congress, but refuses to testify before UK inquiry committee


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to testify before the US Congress in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal that has rocked the political world in India, Europe and America.

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A report by The Guardian said that a date had not yet been set. The spokesperson for the House committee has declined to confirm reports that the hearing was scheduled for 12 April. The Senate judiciary and commerce committees have also invited Zuckerberg to appear at hearings.

This came after BBC reported that Zuckerberg had refused to appear before the members of parliament in the UK causing plenty of anger among British MPs, some of whom termed it ‘astonishing.’ Damian Collins, the head of a parliamentary inquiry into fake news, urged Zuckerberg to “think again.” The Facebook CEO has instead offered to send one of his senior executives, company’s chief product officer Chris Cox, who will give evidence to MPs in the first week of April.

Zuckerberg has apologised for the data breach by Cambridge Analytica adding that he will not appear before the British inquiry committee, which on Tuesday heard from former CA employee Christopher Wylie, who claimed the UK may not have voted for Brexit had it not been for “cheating” by the Leave campaign.

Meanwhile, there are also reports that Zuckerberg sold $356.8 million worth of Facebook shares this month, ramping up his regularly timed stock selling to fund his philanthropic efforts.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal has caused a huge political controversy even in India, where both the Congress and the BJP traded charges on hiring the data-gathering company to rig elections in the past. Some of the executives working for the Indian arm of the CA have confessed to run the BJP’s election campaigns in the past including 2014 Lok Sabha elections, that saw Narendra Modi become India’s prime minister.