FACEB OOK’S CEO REB UFFS PANEL’S RE­QUEST TO AP­PEAR

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS -

LON­DON» Face­book CEO Mark Zucker­berg has re­jected a re­quest to ap­pear be­fore an in­ter­na­tional par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee delv­ing into the ques­tions around fake news.

The re­buff came after Damian Collins, the head of the U.K. par­lia­ment’s me­dia com­mit­tee, joined forces with his Canadian coun­ter­part in hopes of pres­sur­ing Zucker­berg to tes­tify, as he did be­fore the U.S Congress. Face­book re­jected the in­vi­ta­tion to ap­pear be­fore the so-called “in­ter­na­tional grand com­mit­tee” ses­sion Nov. 27, ar­gu­ing that it wasn’t pos­si­ble for Zucker­berg to ap­pear be­fore all par­lia­ments.

Collins said pres­sure is build­ing, with coun­ter­parts in Aus­tralia, Ar­gentina and Ire­land hav­ing joined the grand com­mit­tee in the time since Zucker­berg was in­vited.

He said “five par­lia­ments are now call­ing on you to do the right thing by the 170 mil­lion users in the coun­tries they rep­re­sent.”

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