Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) launched a blistering broadside against Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday, ahead of the Facebook CEO’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary or Commerce Committees.
In a tweet, Coons provided something of an insight into the lion’s den that Zuckerberg is entering when he testifies before wrathful lawmakers on Tuesday.
“On today of all days, I just found out that there are two fake Facebook accounts impersonating me, and guess what? Many of the ‘friends’ appear to be Russian accounts,” Coons tweeted.
On today of all days, I just found out that there are two fake Facebook accounts impersonating me, and guess what? Many of the ‘friends’ appear to be Russian accounts. @facebook and Mr. Zuckerberg-this is unacceptable pic.twitter.com/woMMdeEGv4
— Senator Chris Coons (@ChrisCoons) April 10, 2018
“Mr. Zuckerberg-this is unacceptable,” he added.
While coons is not a member of the Senate Judiciary or Commerce Committees, he might be hoping that this topic will come up while Zuckerberg takes questions about Cambridge Analytica, Facebook’s potential user privacy abuses, and the harvesting of personal data from millions of people. Zuckerberg offered an apologetic statement to lawmakers he met with ahead of his hearings this week, and it is probable that he will use his testimony to talk about how his social media platform will better protect their users in the future.
UPDATE: 1:13 p.m. EST: Facebook says they’ve taken care of the fake accounts.
@ChrisCoons Thanks. These fake profiles have been removed.
— Facebook (@facebook) April 10, 2018
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