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Mark Zuckerberg Plans To Break Silence About Facebook Data Leak

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will speak today about the growing controversy surrounding the social network platform’s alleged leak of over 50 million users’ personal data, Axios reported.

Neither Zuckerberg or Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg had spoken publicly about the scandal as of Wednesday morning.

The company announced on Friday that it was suspending Cambridge Analytica, the advertising data firm that helped Donald Trump win the U.S. presidential election in 2016. Vice president Paul Grewal wrote that Facebook had reason to believe Cambridge Analytica didn’t delete data it obtained from users years ago without their explicit consent. Facebook has since 2007 provided Cambridge Analytica with access to its “social graph” — the web of friend connections, “likes” and other Facebook activity.

“Zuckerberg’s remarks will be aimed at rebuilding trust, and that he wanted to say something meaningful rather than just rushing out,” Axios reported.

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