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Facebook Faces Grilling on 'Fake News,' But Zuckerberg Doesn't Attend

The event was billed as the inaugural "Grand Committee on Disinformation”

Facebook Faces Grilling on 'Fake News,' But Zuckerberg Doesn't Attend
U.K. Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
A chair was left empty for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at a multinational hearing billed as the "Grand Committee on Disinformation" on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. The hearing, at which nine nations were represented, was part of the British Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee's investigation into disinformation and fake news.

Lawmakers from around the world questioned a top Facebook executive over "fake news" on Tuesday at a hearing that CEO Mark Zuckerberg refused to attend, NBC News reported

Politicians and other top officials from nine countries were questioning Richard Allan, the company's vice president of policy solutions in London. Representatives from the U.K., Canada, Australia, Ireland, Argentina, Brazil, Singapore and Latvia invited Zuckerberg to give evidence, even by video link, but he declined. France and Belgium also attended the hearing.

The event was billed as the inaugural "Grand Committee on Disinformation.” Organizer Damian Collins, the British lawmaker who chairs a parliamentary committee investigating disinformation and the use of people's data, said he was "deeply disappointed by Zuckerberg's decision to ignore summons from so many nations."

The committee turned up the heat by seizing confidential Facebook documents from the developer of a now-defunct bikini photo-searching app.

Key Moments From Zuckerberg’s Testimony

[NATL] Key Moments From Zuckerberg’s Testimony

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent over four hours answering questions from Congress on issues regarding privacy, hate speech and the company’s role in elections. Here are some key moments from Tuesday’s hearing.

(Published Wednesday, April 11, 2018)