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Facebook has declined once again to send its CEO to the UK parliament — this time turning down an invitation to face questions from a grand committee comprised of representatives from five international parliaments.
MPs from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Ireland and the UK have joined forces to try to pile pressure on the company’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, to answer questions related to his “platform’s malign use in world affairs and democratic process”.
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The UK’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee, which has been running an enquiry into online disinformation for the best part of this year, revealed the latest Facebook snub yesterday. It put out the grand committee call for facetime with Zuckerberg last week.
In the latest rejection letter to DCMS, Facebook writes: “Thank you for the invitation to appear before your Grand Committee. As we explained in our letter of November 2nd, Mr Zuckerberg is not able to be in London on November 27th for your hearing and sends his apologies.”
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“We remain happy to cooperate with your inquiry as you look at issues related to false news and elections,” the company’s UK head of public policy, Rebecca Stimson, adds, before going on to summarize “some of the things we have been doing at Facebook over the last year”.
This boils down to a list of Facebook activities and related research that intersects with the topics of election interference, political ads, disinformation and security, but...
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