Social media giant Facebook has reportedly scheduled an open meeting with all its employees on Tuesday, March 20. The meeting’s primary objective is to encourage employees to ask questions about the unfolding Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal. According to a report published by The Verge, the meeting is scheduled to take place at 10 A.M. (PT). The session will be led by Facebook’s Deputy General Counsel, Paul Grewal.
If reports are believed to be true, then Grewal will be heard explaining the background of the case to Facebook employees. The information will involve discussions about the user’s profile. Reportedly, Cambridge Analytica illegally took the report from over 50 million of Facebook users.
It is believed that Cambridge Analytica made use of the information to target ads in favor of the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections. Grewal is further expected to answer questions via a polling feature discovered on the meeting’s internal page. Media publications attempted to get in touch with Facebook. However, they haven’t responded to a comment on the matter as yet.
It is reported that Facebook executives are actively discussing the Cambridge Analytica story on internal forums. The meeting, scheduled to be held on Tuesday, is the first time that Facebook is addressing a large group of employees. The employees will receive an opportunity to question the company’s leadership live and in person.
As noted by The Verge, Facebook’s latest move reflects the growing uneasiness among Facebook’s employees. Sometime last week, major media publications such as New York Times and Guardian laid out how a researcher at the University of Cambridge created an app on Facebook. The app reportedly harvested information about millions of Facebook profiles and provided the same details to Cambridge Analytica. This action violated Facebook’s terms and policies. Tuesday’s meeting is scheduled to last for just 30 minutes.