'Army' of fake Zuckerbergs march on Washington as Facebook chief prepares to testify

Cutouts of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appear on the lawn of the Capitol today. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call.

An "army" of protesters have marched on Capital Hill in Washington DC today as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepares to testify at Congress.

Dozens of people lined out on the law of the US Capitol wearing life-sized cardboard cutouts of Mr Zuckerberg bearing the saying "fix fakebook".

The march was organised by advocacy group Avaaz " to call attention to the hundreds of millions of fake accounts still spreading disinformation on Facebook."

The group is calling on Mr Zuckerberg to "ban all bots, alert the public any and every time users see fake or disinformation, fund fact checkers around the world, and submit to an independent audit to review the scale and scope of fake news".

Mr Zuckerberg is due to make his much-anticipated appearance before Congress today.

He will be expected to answer questions relating to the recent controversy surrounding the improper data-sharing of an estimated 87 million Facebook users to Cambridge Analytic, a political consulting firm.

Mr Zuckerberg gave his opening statement to Congress yesterday, saying that the company has a responsibility to make sure what happened with Cambridge Analytica does not happen again.

- Digital Desk

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