A Hot Seat for Facebook, an Empty Chair for Zuckerberg and a Vow to Share Secret Files
Officials from nine countries examining Facebook’s business practices have spent weeks trying to get the company’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, to face questions at a hearing. Instead, Zuckerberg was represented by an empty chair. He skipped the session, which was organized by a British committee investigating Facebook and the spread of misinformation. In Zuckerberg’s absence, officials spent more than three hours grilling a Facebook executive who stood in for him, criticizing the company’s influence on democracy, its distribution of false news and its use of personal user data. The hearing was built up by panel members as a moment of international accountability for Facebook. While the panel has no authority to impose laws or fines, it was a rare collaboration to investigate a company that is facing scrutiny after revelations about privacy breaches and its role in spreading propaganda and fomenting ethnic strife.
A Hot Seat for Facebook, an Empty Chair for Zuckerberg and a Vow to Share Secret Files Google and Facebook Face European Vexation (WSJ) 9 nations slam Facebook for its failures to protect data and stop fake news. Zuckerberg doesn't attend (WaPo) Facebook gets global grilling over privacy (The Hill)