Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will make a statement in the next 24 hours after several days of silence since the start of the corporate data scandal, reported Axios.
A source tells Axios that the CEO knows that it’s a big problem, but that he’s been more focused on solving the problem than on the comment. As Axios points out, the silence of Facebook’s management has “… left a void that provoked ruthless coverage, increased the suspicions of lawmakers and even demoralized some employees.”
Since the announcement made by Facebook five days ago to suspend Cambridge Analytica for violation of Facebook’s terms regarding user data, there has been no statement from Zuckerberg or any other senior Facebook executive. The issue has now become a large-scale crisis, dominating national titles.
At a panel hosted by the Washington Post on March 20, US Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) Commented on recent developments regarding user data processing by Facebook, calling Zuckerberg to come to Capitol Hill.
“I think Mr. Zuckerberg should make himself available to discuss the future of technology and discuss the challenges we face in this area and add to the debate, do not shut up,” said Senator Cantwell.
Earlier this week, the New York Times reported that Facebook’s security officer, Alex Stamos, would leave the company in August. The report indicates that Stamos has long advocated for more transparency on Russia’s interference on Facebook during the elections, but has faced resistance.