Zuckerberg rebuffs request to appear before UK parliament

Zuckerberg rebuffs request to appear before UK parliament
Facebook's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the Viva Tech start-up and technology summit in Paris, France, May 24, 2018. (REUTERS)
Updated 08 November 2018

Zuckerberg rebuffs request to appear before UK parliament

Zuckerberg rebuffs request to appear before UK parliament
  • Collins says pressure is building, with counterparts in Australia, Argentina and Ireland having joined the grand committee in the time since Zuckerberg was invited

LONDON: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has rejected a request to appear before an international parliamentary committee delving into the questions around fake news.
The rebuff came after Damian Collins, the head of the UK parliament’s media committee, joined forces with his Canadian counterpart in hopes of pressuring Zuckerberg to testify, as he did before the USCongress. Facebook rejected the invitation to appear before the so-called “international grand committee” session Nov. 27, arguing it wasn’t possible for Zuckerberg to appear before all parliaments.
Collins says pressure is building, with counterparts in Australia, Argentina and Ireland having joined the grand committee in the time since Zuckerberg was invited.
He says “five parliaments are now calling on you to do the right thing by the 170 million users in the countries they represent.”