Looks like Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is getting in deeper and deeper as more and more figures in the EU and US government are urging probes into the social media giant. Much of the latest is in relation to the Cambridge Analytica scandal which involves 50 million people's data being used improperly. Cambridge Analytica is a data firm that is related to the Donald Trump campaign that uncovered how Obama was privy to private user data. Facebook claims that they were "duped" into allowing the firm to gain the data through an app called "thisisyourdigitallife." The information here was used for political ads in the 2016 presidential campaign.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It's time for Mr. Zuckerberg and the other CEOs to testify before Congress. The American people deserve answers about social media manipulation in the 2016 election.</p>— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) <a href="https://twitter.com/MarkWarner/status/976067286732869632?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 20, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Multiple senators are now calling for Zuckerberg to testify before Congress. In addition to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, there is the fact that Facebook sold ad space to Russian entities for the 2016 US election. A growing number of members of Congress are now calling for Zuckerberg to speak on Capitol Hill now. So far, the company has not yet addressed whether Zuckerberg will be willing to speak to Congress when asked for comment.
The Federal Election Commission on Monday is calling for Zuckerberg, Google parent company Alphabet's CEO Larry Page and Jack Dorsey CEO of Twitter to testify at a public hearing scheduled for June 27 as well.
<blockquote>"We are in the process of conducting a comprehensive internal and external review as we work to determine the accuracy of the claims that the Facebook data in question still exists," said Paul Grewal, Facebook vice president and deputy general counsel. "That is where our focus lies as we remain committed to vigorously enforcing our policies to protect people's information."</blockquote>
In the midst of all of this, Zuckerberg could possibly even be under fire for insider trading considering he sold off massive amounts of stock just before the scandal resulted in $35 billion dollar losses in the company's value. With British members of Parliament, Congressional representatives in the US and representatives of EU government already scrambling for a piece of Zuckerberg, the story is sure to be nowhere near the tipping point yet.