Face­book be­ing eva­sive, say MPs

Western Mail - - NEWS -

FACE­BOOK is fac­ing fresh ac­cu­sa­tions by MPs on the Com­mons in­quiry into fake news of at­tempt­ing to duck pub­lic scrutiny.

Fol­low­ing the lat­est ex­change of cor­re­spon­dence with the so­cial me­dia gi­ant, the Dig­i­tal, Cul­ture, Me­dia and Sport Com­mit­tee chair­man, Damian Collins, ac­cused the firm of dis­play­ing “a pat­tern of eva­sive be­hav­iour”.

He com­plained there were “nu­mer­ous ex­am­ples” where its re­sponses to ques­tions by the com­mit­tee had been found want­ing.

“In th­ese re­sponses, Face­book con­tinue to dis­play a pat­tern of eva­sive be­hav­iour, ” he said.

“The com­pany ap­pears to pre­fer min­i­mal over rig­or­ous scrutiny.

“In some cases, th­ese an­swers even show in­con­sis­ten­cies in their ev­i­dence to us.

“The lack of pub­lic scrutiny of so­cial me­dia and tech com­pa­nies like Face­book, con­sid­er­ing their pro­found in­flu­ence over our lives, is a mat­ter of se­ri­ous con­cern.”

The ex­change fol­lows the ap­pear­ance of Face­book’s chief tech­ni­cal of­fi­cer, Mike Schroepfer, be­fore the com­mit­tee in April af­ter chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Zucker­berg re­fused to give ev­i­dence.

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