Bowing to pressure from lawmakers, the media and the public, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has made a decision to testify before Congress amid a scandal surrounding the infringement of users' private information.
The scandal has exposed the lax safeguards at Facebook with app developers allegedly taking advantage of a lack of privacy protections to snag personal data from tens of millions of Facebook users and use that info for politics. Rob Sherman, Facebook's deputy chief privacy officer, and Molly Cutler, its associate general counsel, have met with staff from the House and Senate Commerce, Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, they said.
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Zuckerberg has apologized for the massive breach of trust, which saw the data of more than 50 million Facebook users improperly used by the British political consultancy during the 2016 United States presidential election, according to a whistleblower.
Facebook said in a statement on Monday that the company remains "strongly committed" to protecting people's information and that it welcomes the opportunity to answer the FTC's questions.
Facebook faces up to $2 trillion in fines for the estimated 50 million breaches.
Wylie said he heard his predecessor at Cambridge Analytica died in suspicious circumstances in a Kenyan hotel after a "deal went sour". A Facebook spokesperson declined to comment. And he said the data compiled by the political consulting business Cambridge Analytica was available to other firms with links to it.
The fallout involving Facebook has many, including Apple's Tim Cook, calling for new privacy laws.
"I would appreciate a reply in the next two weeks", the letter said.
Facebook Inc. is moving to untangle its often bewildering array of privacy options as the social network struggles to contain the damage from a widening scandal over user data.