The American Congress wins the draw.
Worldwide, a number of different legislative bodies are looking for answers as to how the personal information of tens of millions of Facebook users ended up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica, a data mining and analysis company. India and Great Britain are among the nations looking for answers. But, the one that will get answers from the founder and CEO of one of the world’s most popular social media platforms is the one where it resides.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly decided to testify before Congress on the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
CNN reports that Zuckerberg’s appearance on Capitol Hill could occur in a matter of weeks. So far, the company hasn’t publicly confirmed the news. But US lawmakers have asked Facebook’s CEO to testify before at least three Congressional committees.
The committees are demanding answers over how 50 million Facebook users had their data leaked to the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which assisted Donald Trump’s campaign in the 2016 election. Last week, Zuckerberg said he was open to testifying before Congress, but also suggested someone from his legal team might be better suited to appear.
Maybe so, since Zuckerberg is in no way a legal eagle. He is also not a programmer, so for the nitty gritty, the better answers may come from technical staff. But, for soundbites on the evening news and a show of force from lawmakers, there is no one better than Zuckerberg to take the hot seat.
Other nations wanting to know why their privacy rights were violated may not be happy with this decision, but the reality is that the answer to the question of how Cambridge Analytica ended up with all that data probably is close to the same for all situations. Someone out there wanted it, and Facebook was willing to provide the raw data.
It really is that simple in the end.