Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently testified before Congress after the Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal broke. A parliamentary committee in the United Kingdom had also invited the CEO to appear before it and answer questions however, Zuckerberg declined that invitation and offered to send other high-level executives in his place. The committee members weren’t impressed and they issued a threat of a formal summons if he declined to appear before them and despite that risk, Zuckerberg has “no plans” to go before the committee.
Facebook has already sent its chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer before the committee but he wasn’t able to address their concerns properly and more than 40 questions were left unanswered. The committee then requested Zuckerberg to appear in person yet again and even sent over a list of questions concerning Facebook’s data practices.
They’re looking to host Zuckerberg by May 24th and have said that if he doesn’t respond positively to the request, the committee might try to resolve the matter by issuing a formal summons for him to appear before it whenever he’s in the United Kingdom. The summons would then compel Zuckerberg to appear before the committee when he next sets foot on British soil.
Facebook has said that its CEO has “no plans” to visit the United Kingdom in order to testify before the parliamentary committee. With their threat of a summons not yielding the desired results, the members have even extended the video link option to Zuckerberg. Nevertheless, they intend to keep the threat of a summons open in order to persuade Zuckerberg to appear and testify.