One hundred cardboard cutouts of Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO, and founder of Facebook, have been placed on the lawn that is outside the building of the Capitol in Washington.
The cutouts show Zuckerberg wearing T-shirts that have “Fix Fakebook” written on them. The cutouts were placed on the lawn ahead of the appearance of Zuckerberg in front of the Senate.
The Facebook chief is facing a joint hearing with the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees, which will be followed by a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee that is scheduled today.
Facebook is facing investigation regarding its data collection after allegations that Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm, was able to obtain the data on tens of millions of users of Facebook as an attempt to influence the elections.
The advocacy group behind the stunt is called Avaaz. It said that the group “intends to call attention to the hundreds of millions of fake accounts still spreading disinformation on Facebook.”
They are calling on Zuckerberg to impose a “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.”
Weeks ago, the volunteers of the group placed 7,000 shoes on the Capitol lawn. It was intended to represent the child victims of gun violence. It also served as a call for greater gun controls.