Facebook has a request, but it’s not exactly a friend request.
Officials from the social media company are expected to meet with staff from the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Capitol Hill this week to discuss the alleged misuse of private user data from the platform by campaign consulting company Cambridge Analytica, the Hill reported on Wednesday.
Facebook officials will also meet with staff from other committees in both the Senate and the House as the company grapples with questions from lawmakers over how it allowed its users’ data to be used.
Cambridge Analytica reportedly collected information from users accounts after they filled out a survey – but also managed to get data on those users’ Facebook friends, without their permission, according to a whistleblower who worked for Cambridge Analytica and spoke on the record in a story by the British newspaper The Observer over the weekend. In all, about 50 million users’ data was harvested by the English company. The firm was working for President Trump’s 2016 election campaign, and allegedly created psychological profiles of Facebook users to serve them political messages.
Several U.S. lawmakers have called on Facebook to come to Capitol Hill to explain what happen and what it does to prevent such uses of its data from happening again.