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An international "fake news" committee is set to hold hearings on May 28 in Canada, and plans to include will "demand" testimony from a who's who of powerful internet and social media giant CEO's. The list of invitees includes Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Eric Schmidt, the former executive chairman of its parent company, Alphabet, Apple CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams, and WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton, according a list obtained by CBS News.
If the formal name for the initiative — the "International Grand Committee" (or rather the fuller version, the International Grand Committee on Disinformation and Fake News) — isn't creepy or Orwellian sounding enough, the group which also includes lawmakers from various countries around the world, will spotlight "foreign influence in our democracies" (read: Russia, Russia, Russia!) according to an official press release.
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The Grand Committee's first go-round at British Parliament on Nov. 27, with Mark Zukerberg's conspicuous absence.
Specific issues that are near and dear to the western elite establishment's heart to be investigated include: "foreign meddling" in the election of Donald Trump and advertising campaigns surrounding Brexit.
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The CBS report announcing the news sounds like The Onion, as essentially something calling itself a "Grand Committee" stacked with international government officials thinks transparency, objectivity, accuracy and truth will be best represented by the Jeff Bezos's, Eric Schmidt's and Mark Zuckerberg's of the world! Though the committee brands itself as "adversarial," we don't expect much to come of powerful government elites "grilling" powerful corporate elites.
The "Grand Committee" has in the past attempted to gain some PR mileage by "shaming" Zuckerberg for refusing to participate in an initial inquiry in November which was sponsored by...
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