>> Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg says he won't answer questions from British lawmakers over a data abuse scandal that has swept both sides of the Atlantic. Instead, the social network's chief technology officer or chief product officer will take his place and appear before a UK committee. They'll answer questions over how millions of users' data got into the hands of British firm Cambridge Analytica.
But the committee chair says they would still like to hear from Zuckerberg, even if by video link.>> We believe, given the serious nature of the allegations that have been made around the access on user Facebook user data. That it is appropriate that Mark Zuckerberg should give evidence to the committee.
>> But Facebook's head of UK public policy says Zuckerberg stand-ins are better placed to answer questions. Cambridge Analytical is at the center of controversy in the United States and Britain over harvesting and misusing personal data from Facebook. The UK Brexit campaign group and Donald Trump 2016 election team both said to have employed data from the company.
On Tuesday, a whistleblower from Cambridge Analytica said that a Canadian firm, Aggregate IQ, worked on software called Ripon. He said that used the Facebook data to identify Republican voters ahead of the US presidential election. Aggregate IQ has previously denied any involvement with Cambridge Analytica. Last week, Zuckerberg apologized for the mistakes his firm had made.
And he's promised tougher steps to restrict developers' access to such information.