Facebook documents seized by MPs investigating privacy breach

Facebook documents seized by MPs investigating privacy breach

However, the Guardian is reporting that Parliament has now grown more aggressive, having used its legal powers to seize internal Facebook documents in what the paper describes as an "extraordinary attempt to hold the USA social media giant to account".

The papers contain claims that that Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's co-founder, had developed a "malicious and fraudulent" scheme to exploit users' data.

What happened? Damian Collins, the chair of the select committeee on culture, media, and sport, invoked Parliament's summoning rights to force Ted Kramer, founder of the USA software firm Six4Three, to release the documents.

The Six4Three documents were dramatically seized when the House of Commons serjeant-at-arms was sent to the USA businessman's hotel. When he refused to handover the documents, he was "escorted to parliament" and informed that he was risking fines for the same.

In the Observer, Mr Collins said the methods used to obtain the documents were unprecedented, adding: "But it's an unprecedented situation".

As chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Select Committee, Mr Collins has transformed what started as quite a limited and unfocused fake news inquiry into a forensic investigation of the conduct of Facebook.

Collins assembled the "International Grand Committee" partly as a response to Zuckerberg's insistence that he was too busy to visit individual national parliaments to answer further questions about Facebook's efforts to crack down on the misuse of its platform.

The British Parliament has obtained a set of internal Facebook documents the company has fought for months to stop from being made public, according to Facebook and a lawyer involved in a suit against the company.

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Collins said "the really big question" he wanted to ask Zuckerberg was, "what did he know about the concerns about data privacy?".

The company is run by a group of folks who clearly care about money more than basic morality or even Facebook's stated mission to connect people and make the world better, and we'd all be better off if everyone deleted their Facebook.

Facebook documents have been seized in an unusually aggressive step by the United Kingdom parliament.

"We have requested that the DCMS council avoid exploring them and to return them to advise or to Facebook".

Apparently, since the files are subject to an order of the California superior court, they can not be made public in the U.S.

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which triggered global scrutiny of Facebook's data collection practices, Zuckerberg has only answered to lawmakers in public twice: before Congress in April and European Parliament in May.

What next? The committee will instead grill Facebook's public policy VP Richard Allan tomorrow, November 27, during a hearing focused on misinformation and data privacy.

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