Facebook’s boss misses UK hearing
MPs have questioned Facebook’s European policy chief at a hearing in Westminster – but left an empty chair for its founder Mark Zuckerberg, after he refused to appear.
Richard Allan attended the hearing instead of Zuckerberg ( above), who has consistently declined to offer himself up for questioning by the digital, culture, media and sport committee during the course of its inquiry into fake news.
Mr Allan – a Liberal Democrat peer – is being quizzed by UK MPs and parliamentarians from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Latvia and Singapore.
The hearing follows the unusual seizure of internal Facebook documents from another company by the committee using parliament’s ancient legal powers.