Next Wednesday, April 11th. That day Mark Zuckerberg, founder and top responsible for Facebook, will testify under oath to Committee on Trade and Energy of House of Representatives to explain massive leakage of data from social network. The technological giant lives its biggest crisis after revealing that consultant Cambridge Analytica had access to information of 50 million users without vast majority of m knew. These data were used by Donald Trump's team to try to segment voters during election campaign to 2016 presidentials.More information
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The Committee of House confirmed this Wednesday assistance of Zuckerberg, who has also been called to testify by or panels of Senate. Instead, head of Facebook has declined to explain to British Parliament. That is same strategy that company had so far followed in U.S. Congress, where it had always sent technical staff to speak at arraignment.
But Cambridge Analytica crisis is of such caliber that, since it broke out, Zuckerberg has been willing to testify before legislators to appease growing distrust of users and try to lower desires of greater regulation to his invention. "I'll do it gladly if it's right. What we try to do is send person on Facebook who has more knowledge. If you consider that to be me, I'm happy, "he said in an interview to CNN network at end of March.
"This hearing will be an important opportunity to clarify critical issues about consumer private data and help all Americans better understand what happens to ir personal information on Internet," y said in a statement President and subpresident of Committee on Trade and Energy of House of Representatives, Republican Greg Walden and Democrat Frank Pallone respectively.
Facebook announced in March hiring of a forensic team to determine if Cambridge Analytica still possessed data of 50 million users. He also admitted to having made "mistakes" and promised greater controls, but stayed away from adopting ambitious reforms that drastically impact essence of his business — management of user data.
The technological giant argues that it yielded information for academic purposes by giving it to an expert in UK and that it was academic who violated rules by ceding m to third parties when y arrived at British consultancy. About 200,000 Facebook users authorized to give up ir information for an application on a personality test, but without knowing it also shared data of all ir friends, who ended up being exploited politically by Cambridge Analytica .
The consultant was born with financial support of conservative billionaire Robert Mercer, close to Trump. The Republican campaign paid six million dollars to Cambridge Analytica, which also had as clients or applicants to Republican nomination to White House.
The Cambridge Analytica crisis joins criticism of Facebook for its role in election campaign. The special prosecutor investigating Russian interference in 2016 charged elections in February to 13 Russian people for using Facebook and or social networks to spread propaganda through false profiles in order to stoke divisions between Americans and undermine democratic process. The company has been accused of passivity against this intrusion and has pledged to combat proliferation of false profiles.