Sunday, 21 July 2019

UK, Canadian parliaments team up against Mark Zuckerberg

LONDON: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been summoned to appear before MPs from the UK and Canadian parliaments as the fallout from Facebook’s data scandals continue.

He has been repeatedly asked to appear in front of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, and has repeatedly refused. Last time he sent another high-ranking member of Facebook’s staff instead, who was laughed at by MPs who accused the company of having no morals, reported The Independent.

Now the two parliaments have joined up in an unprecedented move to attempt to force Zuckerberg to appear before them. They will call “international grand committee” to quiz the Facebook boss.

Damian Collins, chair of the UK body, will work with Bob Zimmer, chair of the Canadian Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, to hold the hearing on disinformation and fake news.

The hearing will be led by the UK committee and is scheduled to take place on November 27.

“Each committee has separately sought evidence from Facebook over failures of process, including the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and subsequent data breaches,” a spokesperson for the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee said. “A number of requests have been issued by the committee to Mark Zuckerberg to give evidence in person; none has been successful.”

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