Mark Zuckerberg Declines Request from UK, Canada, and Other Countries to Testify About Facebook’s Fake News

Parliamentary bodies from five countries are now calling on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify about the problem of fake news on Facebook. And Zuckerberg is saying no to all of them.

Zuckerberg has rejected a request to appear before an a consortium, referred to by themselves as an “international grand committee,” headed by the United Kingdom. Canada, Australia, Argentina, and Ireland are also part of the group, which will meet on November 27.

Facebook, in a letter to British and Canadian officials, said it was “not possible” for Zuckerberg to appear before all of them.

The concept of an international grand committee is unprecedented, but it underscores the concern over the effect of disinformation on free elections. Given Facebook’s role in the spread of fake news during the 2016 U.S. elections, many nations have pressured the company to discuss the steps it is taking to prevent future spreads.

Zuckerberg has testified before the U.S. Congress and the European Union Parliament already. (Both were filled with awkward moments, including one where Zuckerberg and Texas Senator Ted Cruz sparred verbally.)

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SOURCE: Fortune, Chris Morris