Facebook Apologizes to Indonesian MPs in 5-Hour Grilling Session
Last Tuesday, Facebook’s head of public policy in Indonesia Ruben Hattari issued an apology to members of the Indonesian Parliament in a five-hour session where he and other Facebook officials were questioned on issues such as personal data misuse and oversight of content by the US tech giant.
Indonesia is one of the countries with the most number of Facebook users. In the session, Facebook said that 1,096,666 users in Indonesia may have had their data scraped by Cambridge Analytica, which is 1.26% of the global total.
However, the MPs still threw hard questions, with PDIP MP Evita Nursanty asking Facebook to prove that it won’t be used to influence the upcoming regional elections. Meanwhile, MP Junico BP Siahaan said that if Facebook is unable to control fake news then the Indonesian government should shut it down.