Monday, 22 July 2019

Facebook is morality-free zone: British MP Julian Knight

Julian Knight

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LONDON: Facebook is a “morality-free zone” that bullies journalists and threatens academics, said a British MP, while probing a data breach controversy, the media reported. Conservative MP Julian Knight, Member of Parliament for Solihull, was grilling Facebook’s Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer on Thursday over the Cambridge Analytica (CA) breach, when he said this. Schroepfer was facing the British government inquiry over CA’s data-mining scandal and the impact of fake news on the Brexit referendum.

Facebook’s reaction to the data scandal suggested a “pattern of behaviour” that included “bullying…threatening… and potentially impeding probe by lawful authorities”, the Guardian quoted Knight as saying. Knight said the social network had tried to evade responsibility for the impact it was having on society. “…Facebook is a morality-free zone destructive to fundamental right of privacy,” Knight was quoted as saying.

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