Facebook’s Zuckerberg under pressure by UK and US lawmakers

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook Inc., listens as Narendra Modi, India's prime minister, not pictured, speaks during a town hall meeting at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, U.S., on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. Prime Minister Modi plans on connecting 600,000 villages across India using fiber optic cable as part of his "dream" to expand the world's largest democracy's economy to $20 trillion. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

LONDON-  Lawmakers in both the United States and in United Kingdom have criticized founder of Facebook and its chief executive Mark Zuckerberg when reports surfaced that company Cambridge Analytic and Facebook improperly harvested 50 million of Facebook users.

A British lawmaker has accused Facebook that they have mislead officials by downplaying the risk of users’ data being shared without their consent.

Damian Collins a Conservative legislator head of British Parliament media committee said he would ask Zuckerberg to appear before his panel or even senior executive to do so, the panel is investigating disinformation and “fake news”.

He said, “Someone has to take responsibility for this,”

“It’s time for Mark Zuckerberg to stop hiding behind his Facebook page.”

Collins even accused head of UK-based data firm Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, of lying.

Alexander Nix told the committee that his firm did not receive data from a researcher who is accused of obtaining millionS of user information illegally from Facebook.

In the US, in Washington Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota, expressed on Twitter that Zuckerberg “needs to testify before Senate Judiciary”.

She said, “This is a major breach that must be investigated.”

Klobuchar added,  “It’s clear these platforms can’t police themselves.”

Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee supported Klobuchar view,

“This is more evidence that the online political advertising market is essentially the Wild West,” he said.

“It’s clear that, left unregulated, this market will continue to be prone to deception and lacking in transparency.”

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