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Zuckerberg rejects invite from international committee to give evidence on fake news


Mark Zuckerberg has turned down another yet another request to answer questions from politicians outside of the United States. On October 31st, the Facebook founder was invited to give evidence before a UK parliamentary committee, with politicians from Canada co-signing the invitation. This unusual show of international cooperation has since been supported by lawmakers from Australia, Argentina, and Ireland, with these five countries forming an international grand committee representing some 170 million Facebook users. Zuckerberg rejected the request on November 2nd, according to UK MP Damian Collins, who made the original invitation in his role as head of the countrys Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee. In a letter published today, Collins said he and his Canadian counterparts were very disappointed with [Facebooks] dismissive response. Mark Zuckerberg has set himself the personal challenge of fixing Facebook this year to prevent its misuse in our democratic process, said Collins in an earlier statement. By being unwilling to face questions about his progress, doubts about his ability to do so remain. Zuckerberg has already rejected two requests to give evidence in the UK, and has so far only spoken personally to three legislatures: the US Congress, US Senate, and European Parliament. Facebook has explained Zuckerbergs refusal to speak by saying he does not have time to talk to every countrys lawmakers. (Hence the international appeal.) This latest committee will meet in London on November 27th regardless, with Collins chairing the event. The aim of the committee is to analyze the spread of fake news and misinformation, with the UK and Canada preparing independent reports on the topic. In his latest letter, Collins and his fellow politicians repeated their exhortation for Zuckerberg to attend. We say again: the hearing of your evidence is now overdue, and urgent [...] We call on you once again to take up your responsibility to Facebook users, and speak in person to their elected representatives.

Mark Zuckerberg refuses to testify in the UK yet again


An international committee wants to grill the Facebook CEO over fake news. Mark Zuckerberg has yet again rebuked a UK parliamentary request for him to testify. An international committee had called for the Facebook CEO to appear before it later this month. Committee chairs from Australia, Argentina, Ireland and Canada have joined the UK in calling for Zuckerberg to participate in their inquiry into fake news and disinformation. But while pressure might be intensifying on him to testify, he turned down the invitation, with Facebook saying that it's not possible for Zuckerberg to appear before all committees that ask him to do so, the Associated Press reports. The Facebook chief testified to Congress earlier this year in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and he's faced questions in the European Parliament, but he has repeatedly turned down requests from UK politicians to do the same there. Damian Collins, the chair of the UK parliament's media committee and the man who will head the international committee when it convenes November 27th, said five parliaments were now urging Zuckerberg "to do the right thing by the 170 million users in the countries they represent. " In a statement, Collins said, "Mark Zuckerberg has set himself the personal challenge of 'fixing' Facebook this year to prevent its misuse in our democratic process. By being unwilling to face questions about his progress, doubts about his ability to do so remain."