Australia, Argentina and Ireland join UK and Canada in urging Facebook CEO to give evidence to parliaments
Parliamentary committees from five countries have called for Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, to appear in front of a joint hearing on online disinformation.
Committee chairs from Australia, Argentina and Ireland joined the call on Wednesday, following last week’s joint request from the UK and Canadian governments. Between them, the five countries have an estimated 170 million Facebook users.
“We call on you … to take up your responsibility to Facebook users, and to speak in person to their elected representatives,” the five chairs write in a jointly-signed letter.
With or without Zuckerberg, the joint committee will meet in London on 27 November, led by Damian Collins MP, the chair of Britain’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee. The committee’s inquiry into fake news and disinformation has regularly called for Zuckerberg to appear, but been rebuffed each time.
On 2 November, following the joint request from the UK and Canada, Facebook again declined on Zuckerberg’s behalf, telling the two committee chairs, Collins and Canada’s Bob Zimmer, that it was “not possible for Mr Zuckerberg to be available to all parliaments”…
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