Facebook Data Breach Means MPs are Giving Mark Zuckerberg a New Chance to Ignore Them

By Tom Pritchard on at

In case you haven't noticed, Facebook has just had to deal with a data breach. It's the latest in a long line of PR disasters for the company, and one that could lead to a £1.25 billion fine under the GDPR. The breach has also caused our own MPs to say some words about Mark Zuckerberg, even if he's just going to ignore everything they have to say.

The breach in question has affected at least 50 million Facebook users, with reports claiming a further 40 million could also have been affected. Considering how people are willing to hand over their entire life to Facebook, that's a very big deal, and MPs have renewed demands to get some facetime with Zuckerberg and demand some answers. Just like they did following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, only for Zuckerberg to ignore their requests send his lackeys along to avoid answering questions. All while happily going to testify for the EU Parliament and US Congress.

Damien Collins, chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, spent a great deal of time and effort trying to encourage Zuckerberg to speak to the committee. Even going to far as to offer to let him answer questions by video link, in order to accommodate his busy schedule and the fact he had multiple governments demanding answers. Now he says Zuckerberg should be held accountable for the latest breach, and the ongoing issues Facebook is having with protecting user data. Telling The Telegraph:

“Facebook’s latest data breach demonstrates more clearly than ever why Mark Zuckerberg should face public scrutiny about the practices and policies his company employs to keep British users’ data safe.”

But the committee is clearly very aware that getting Zuckerberg to actually respond isn't a very likely scenario, with committee member (and Solihull MP) Julian Knight declaring:

“It would be helpful to hear from Mr Zuckerberg, but I won’t be holding my breath.”

That's a sensible mindset to have, given Zuckerberg's past refusal to meet the committee face to face. Maybe he'll send some more lackeys, or maybe the government will once again issue summons designed to force him to show up should he ever actually bother to visit the UK. In either case the committee won't be getting the answers they want anytime soon, but that doesn't mean they can't try. [The Telegraph]