5 nations now demanding Mark Zuckerberg testify on Facebook’s data misuse

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An unprecedented joint “international grand committee” of members of the U.K. and Canadian Parliaments investigating disinformation and online election influence campaigns has expanded to include Argentina, Australia and Ireland, according to a letter sent by elected leaders to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

The social media baron was invited last week by British and Canadian officials to attend their first joint hearing on Nov. 27, but declined. In its Nov. 2 letter declining the invitation, Facebook noted that Zuckerberg appeared before Congress and the European Union Parliament last year.

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“It is not possible for Mr. Zuckerberg to be available to all Parliaments,” wrote Facebook officials in a letter to the British and Canadian Members of Parliament.

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But the newly reinforced committee, now hailing from five countries, is stepping up pressure.

“We were very disappointed with this dismissive response….Five parliaments are now calling on you to do the right thing by the 170 million users in the countries they represent,” they wrote.



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