Congressman Calls Out Zuckerberg, Says He Lied To Congress, Calls For Heads To Roll

Kirsters Baish| We have now learned that Democrat Congressman Representative David Cicilline believes that Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg lied in front of Congress after the social media empire was found to have given device makers “broad access” to users’ personal data.

Representative Cicilline claimed that the Facebook CEO must be “held accountable” for what he has done. The congressman also called for the Facebook data scandal to be further investigated.

On Sunday, Cicilline sent out the following tweet, “Sure looks like Zuckerberg lied to Congress about whether users have ‘complete control’ over who sees our data on Facebook. This needs to be investigated and the people responsible need to be held accountable.”

Breitbart News writes:

Facebook has been in the spotlight for the twin issues of user privacy, which was heavily compromised — with Facebook’s alleged support — by the Obama campaign in 2012, and political censorship, which Republican lawmakers are paying increasing attention to as Facebook biases its algorithms against conservative news.

The head Democrat on the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee sent the tweet out after the New York Times ran a story which delved into “far-reaching data partnerships” that the social media company made with around 60 different device manufacturers. This includes Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung over the last ten years.

The partnership let these device makers use data found on Facebook user profiles. Information such as relationship status, political views, and religion was gathered without permission of those users.

The story stated that Facebook began ending the partnerships back in April.

The New York Times report leaves us questioning if Facebook violated an agreement from 2011, an agreement made with the Federal Trade Commission. In this agreement, Facebook agreed that they would not override the privacy settings provided to users without consent.

The Hill reports:

The FTC is already investigating Facebook over whether it violated this consent decree following revelations of how it handled user data in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Facebook has been under significant scrutiny after it was revealed Cambridge Analytica accessed millions of users’ private information without their consent.

Lawmakers forced Zuckerberg to testify on the matter in April and grilled him over how the British research firm was able to obtain data on as many as 87 million Facebook users.

On Monday, the social media giant argued against the New York Times report. They claimed that the data that they had shared with the device makers had never been abused.

“These partners signed agreements that prevented people’s Facebook information from being used for any other purpose than to recreate Facebook-like experiences,” stated Facebook’s vice president of product partnerships, Ime Archibong. “Contrary to claims by the New York Times, friends’ information, like photos, was only accessible on devices when people made a decision to share their information with those friends.”