Thursday, June 7, 2018

Facebook under fire following revelations it shared users’ personal data with Chinese company

MALCOLM Turnbull says he would love Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg to come to Australia and answer questions about the social network sharing personal user data with Chinese tech giant Huawei. 

Senior members of the federal Parliament’s powerful intelligence committee want the 34-year-old Facebook tsar to answer questions about the controversial data deal.

“I would welcome Facebook coming and testifying before our parliamentary committee,” the prime minister told reporters in Brisbane on Thursday. “Of course, we’d love to see the boss, naturally, he is the founder.”

Turnbull’s comments come after speculation that chief Mark Zuckerberg could appear before the Australian parliament’s intelligence committee following revelations the social network shared personal user data with Chinese tech giant Huawei.

Labor MP Anthony Byrne, deputy chair of the high-powered joint intelligence and security committee, said the 34-year-old Facebook tsar owed Australia’s 15 million users some answers.

“It is completely unacceptable that information from Facebook users has been slyly handed over to Huawei by Facebook,” Mr Byrne told The Australian on Thursday.

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