Where's Mark Zuckerberg? Embattled Facebook boss avoids open meeting as scandal engulfs him

Mark Zuckerberg is remaining curiously absent.
Mark Zuckerberg is remaining curiously absent.

Embattled Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg is reportedly missing huge meetings held by the social media giant in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that the information of over 50 million Facebook users had been obtained by Cambridge Analytica, a private data company that was hired to work on both the Trump Presidential campaign and the campaign for the UK to leave the European Union.

But while the scandal has raised huge questions over the security of Facebook, it seems that Zuckerberg is remaining curiously absent.

Zuckerberg reportedly stayed away from an open meeting held yesterday at Facebook’s California HQ, which gave employees the chance to ask questions about the scandal.

He was instead represented by Facebook general counsel Paul Grewal at the meeting.

The nameplate of political consultancy, Cambridge Analytica, is seen in central London, Britain March 21, 2018. (REUTERS/Henry Nicholls)
The nameplate of political consultancy, Cambridge Analytica, is seen in central London, Britain March 21, 2018. (REUTERS/Henry Nicholls)

Zuckerberg’s absence is also felt online, where executive Andrew Bosworth has been tasked with answering key questions on both Facebook and Twitter.

There is also reports of huge dissent within the hierarchy of Facebook too, with the New York Times claiming that that Facebook’s chief security officer Alex Stamos is being pushed out of the company after a series of disputes over how to publicly respond to the huge information breach.

Yesterday, MPs from the digital, culture, media and sport committee called on Zuckerberg to appear before them in order to answer questions about the leak.

‘Your officials’ answers have consistently understated this risk and have been misleading to the committee,’ MP Damien Collins wrote.

‘It is now time to hear from a senior Facebook executive with the sufficient authority to give an accurate account of this catastrophic failure of process … Given your commitment at the start of the new year to ‘fixing’ Facebook, I hope that this representative will be you.’

Yesterday, Britain’s Information Commission also confirmed that it is seeking permission to search the offices of consultancy Cambridge Analytica after a whistleblower revealed it had harvested the private information of millions of people to support Trump’s 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.

Alexander Nix, the CEO of Cambridge Analytica, is currently suspended as investigations continue.