Oct 31, 2018

Facebook: MPs in new attempt to question Mark Zuckerberg

MPs are stepping up their campaign to get Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg to appear before them to answer questions on data privacy and disinformation. Its chair Damian Collins has urged Mr Zuckerberg to appear, saying his "Evidence is now overdue and urgent". "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. After Mr Zuckerberg sent his chief technology officer, Mike Schroepfer, to appear before the committee in April, MPs threatened to issue his boss with a formal summons to appear himself when next in the UK. Explaining his decision, the Facebook boss said Mr Schroepfer had extensive experience and was well placed to answer MPs' questions on the company's business practices. In a letter to MPs at the time, he said Facebook "Fully recognises" the level of public and Parliamentary interest in these issues and agreed that they must be addressed "At the most senior levels of the company by those in an authoritative position".

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