Upended by frat boys: worldwide lawmakers slam Facebook's effect on politics

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg no showed an international committee hearing in the UK where it was unveiled that Facebook knew of Russia data issue in 2014

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg no showed an international committee hearing in the UK where it was unveiled that Facebook knew of Russia data issue in 2014

Facebook said it complied with European Union data protection laws, but Richard Allan, the company's vice-president of policy solutions who appeared in Zuckerberg's stead, admitted it had made mistakes. The intended was to grill Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg over the company's scandals involving fake news.

Instead, the company sent Allan to the hearing, at which British lawmakers will be joined by counterparts from eight other countries. Zuckerberg has been questioned by American lawmakers, but he has so far not appeared before those of other nations.

"I will take responsibility for decision-making around appearances", Allan replied.

"I would expect some political grandstanding tomorrow and I would expect Facebook ... to resist any provocations", he said.

Representatives from the UK, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Ireland, Latvia, and Singapore had to make do with Richard Allan, the company's vice president on policy solutions.

Court documents from that California trial were sealed and kept confidential - until Kramer visited Britain over the weekend.

An worldwide parliamentary panel hearing comprising of members from nine countries got together today to grill Facebook for its inability to combat fake news and manipulation of facts on its platform.

Another Canadian representative, Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, called Zuckerberg's absence "incredibly unfortunate" and said it spoke to a "failure to account for the loss of trust" across the globe.

A Facebook engineer warned in 2014 about a potentially huge data issue involving Russian Federation, according to a United Kingdom lawmaker who reviewed a cache of sealed Facebook documents.




Damian Collins, head of a committee of British lawmakers investigating the impact of fake news, said he had reviewed an email from a Facebook engineer highlighting suspicious Russian-linked data harvesting on Facebook two years before that.

"We have to start looking at a method of holding you and your company to be accountable, because Mr. Zuckerberg, who is not here, doesn't appear to be willing to do the job himself", said Charlie Angus, a Canadian lawmaker. He said the document indicates a Facebook engineer notified his superiors in October, 2014, that "entities with Russian IP addresses" were pulling more than three billion data points a day from Facebook.

Allan responded by saying that he wasn't in a position to respond to claims in the seized documents, but warned anything gleaned from them was "at best partial and at worst misleading".

Collins said the committee is still going through the papers and deciding which documents are in the public interest, but confirmed they would be published "within the next week or so".

Six4Three, acquired the files as part of a U.S. lawsuit against Facebook.

A spokesperson for Collins declined to elaborate on the document, and Facebook said in a later statement that it "found no evidence of specific Russian activity".

"This has generally been Facebook's answer to questions about its post-consent decree privacy practices".

Lord Allan admitted "we've damaged public trust with some of the actions we've taken".

"Our view is when you signed up for Facebook it was sufficiently clear that as part of the social experience that when you shared information with friends that they might share it on", Allan said. "To the extent this is all clarified and we have a clear playbook to work from, that would be very helpful", he said.

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