FILE- In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meets with a group of entrepreneurs and innovators during a round-table discussion at Cortex Innovation Community technology hub in St. Louis. With Zuckerberg, “its experiment, learn, experiment, learn,” said LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, who has known him since 2004. Hoffman said that is evident in Zuckerberg's enthusiasm for software, which can be overwritten to fix problems. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will not appear before a UK parliamentary committee to discuss the data breach scandal. Jeff Roberson/ AP Photo

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg will not answer UK lawmakers' questions over data scandal



Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg will not answer questions from British lawmakers over how millions of users' data got into the hands of political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, according to a letter sent by the social network seen by Reuters.

Mr Zuckerberg will instead send his Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer or Chief Product Officer Chris Cox to appear before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee in April.

The committee, which had asked for Mr Zuckerberg or someone senior from Facebook to appear, was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Reuters.

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Mr Zuckerberg apologised last week for the mistakes Facebook had made and promised tougher steps to restrict developers' access to such information in a scandal which has rocked the social media giant on both sides of the Atlantic.

The firm's Head of UK Public Policy told lawmakers that Mr Schroepfer or Cox were better placed to answer questions.

"Facebook fully recognizes the level of public and Parliamentary interest in these issues and support your belief that these issues must be addressed at the most senior levels of the company by those in an authoritative position," wrote Rebecca Stimson.

"As such Mr Zuckerberg has personally asked one of his deputies to make themselves available to give evidence in person to the Committee."

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