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Facebook: MPs in new attempt to question Mark Zuckerberg
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Facebook: MPs in new attempt to question Mark Zuckerberg


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MPs are stepping up their campaign to get Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg to appear before them to answer questions on data privacy and disinformation.

The Commons Media Culture is joining forces with its Canadian counterpart to hold a joint hearing on 27 November.

Its chair Damian Collins has urged Mr Zuckerberg to appear, saying his “evidence is now overdue and urgent”.

The tech boss, who has appeared before the US Congress and EU Parliament, has previously sent a representative.

Next month’s hearing, to take place in Westminster, will involve both British and Canadian politicians.

Mr Collins and Bob Zimmer, the chairman of the Canadian standing committee on access to information, privacy and ethics, have written a joint letter requesting Mr Zuckerberg’s presence.

“Over the past year, our committees have both sought evidence from a Facebook executive with sufficient authority to give an accurate account of recent failures of process, including the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal and subsequent data breaches,” they wrote.

“Given your self-declared objective to ‘fix’ Facebook, and to prevent the platform’s malign use in world affairs and democratic process, we would like to give you the chance to appear at this hearing.

“We call on you to take up this historic opportunity to tell parliamentarians from both sides of the Atlantic and beyond about the measures Facebook is taking to halt the spread of disinformation on your platform, and to protect user data.”



Source BBC News

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