Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is nowhere to be found, with his company facing increased scrutiny over its role in the Cambridge Analytica controversy.
Zuckerberg has been reportedly avoiding his own employees on top of being conspicuously absent publicly just days after the Observe and The New York Times released a report accusing Facebook of having knowledge Cambridge Analytica was improperly using the data of 50 million user profiles.
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Zuckerberg declined to appear at an internal briefing and question-and-answer session within the company, according to The Daily Beast. Facebook attorney Paul Grewal led the meeting instead.
The company released a statement Tuesday afternoon, in response to growing questions about Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg’s absence:
Mark, Sheryl and their teams are working around the clock to get all the facts and take the appropriate action moving forward, because they understand the seriousness of this issue. The entire company is outraged we were deceived. We are committed to vigorously enforcing our policies to protect people’s information and will take whatever steps are required to see that this happens.
Facebook shares have seen the largest drop in four years — over seven percent — since the story broke.
Senate members are also calling on Zuckerberg to appear in front of the intelligence committee to answer questions about its role in the 2016 election.
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