Facebook executive grilled by MPs after Parliament seizes data scandal documents

Geraldine Edwards
November 29, 2018

A set of documents Facebook has sought to keep private - and ordered by US federal court to remained sealed - have been obtained by the British Parliament, CNN reported.

The MPs believe the data could give details on how company executives had previously handled user data and provide insight into the later scandal involving Cambridge Analytica.

The papers also include correspondences between Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives. The committee wanted the files, which have been sealed by a California judge, in the hope they would shed light on Facebook's privacy policies.

When Kramer failed to produce these documents within the prescribed two-hour deadline, he was escorted to Parliament warned that he could face possible fines or imprisonment.

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"We've failed to get answers from Facebook and we believe the documents contain information of very high public interest", Collins was quoted as saying.

Allan was responding to Canadian lawmaker Charlie Angus, who said the social media giant has "lost the trust of the global community to self-police", and that lawmakers have to start looking at ways to hold the company accountable.

The UK parliamentary committee investigating "fake news" compelled the founder of a software company to hand over documents linked to a legal dispute the company has with Facebook in the United States.

The firm is engaged with court action against Facebook in the U.S., where the records were acquired through lawful methodology.

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"It makes it look like he's got something to hide and he's anxious that we may have information and questions we could put to him that would put him in a hard position", Collins said.

"An unprecedented worldwide grand committee comprising 22 representatives from seven parliaments will meet in London next week to put questions to Facebook about the online fake news crisis and the social network's own string of data misuse scandals", TechCrunch reported on Friday.

He said: "It has not answered our questions about who knew what, when with regards to the Cambridge Analytica scandal".

However, since the summons was issued in the United Kingdom, where Parliament has superiority, the Six4Three founder was obliged to hand over the documents.

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The Tory MP tweeted this evening: "The @CommonsCMS has received the documents it ordered from Six4Three relating to Facebook". The company had invested $250,000 in Facebook and claims that the media giant exploited its privacy policy. "We have no further comment".

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