After Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony in United States Congress admitting data breach, the BJP demanded an apology from Congress president Rahul Gandhi for alleged links with Cambridge Analytica, the firm at the centre of the Facebook data leak scandal.
Seeking an apology from Mr Gandhi, BJP leader and Union Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tweeted, “Now that Cambridge Analytica’s role in manipulating elections is clear and Facebook has assured to stop it and maintain integrity of India’s elections, probity demands that Rahul Gandhi should apologise and promise not to manipulate voters and divide the society in future!”
Apologising for failing to protect private data, Zuckerberg told US senators: “2018 is an important year and Facebook will do everything to ensure that fair polling takes place in India and other countries.”
The joint hearing of the US Judiciary and Commerce Committee happened after reports that the social networking site had compromised the personal data of over 87 million Facebook users to Britain-based Cambridge Analytica – which allegedly influenced voters during the 2016 US Presidential elections.
A person who had worked for the firm Cambridge Analytica turned whistleblower and had told a British parliamentary panel the Indian National Congress was a client of the firm, and he was aware that the firm, with many employees and offices, had worked extensively in India.