UK Parliament issues ultimatum to Mark Zuckerberg
UK lawmakers aren’t letting Mark Zuckerberg off the hook.
British Parliament is again demanding that Facebook’s CEO come to London to answer questions about the Cambridge Analytica scandal — and has threatened to force him to appear the next time he sets foot in the country.
“We hope that he will respond positively to our request,” a committee wrote in an open letter Tuesday, “but if not [we] will resolve to issue a formal summons for him to appear when he is next in the UK.”
Zuckerberg, who will be testifying before the European Parliament in May, was invited in March to testify before the UK’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.
Instead, Zuckerberg last week sent Facebook’s chief technology officer, Mike Schropefer, who told the committee that Zuckerberg was too busy fixing the company’s privacy problems to appear.
Ticked-off parliamentarians, however, said in Tuesday’s letter that Schroepfer “failed to answer fully on nearly 40 separate points.”
“This is especially disappointing to the Committee considering that in his testimony to Congress Mark Zuckerberg also failed to give convincing answers to some questions,” the letter added.
The UK committee has requested that Zuckerberg appear before them on May 24, and have requested confirmation from him by May 11 before they issue the summons.
Facebook didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
Facebook has faced intense scrutiny since it was revealed in March that it leaked the private information of nearly 90 million users without their permission to Cambridge Analytica, a political research firm affiliated with Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Facebook shares were down 0.4 at $171.38 percent Tuesday morning.
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