Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

UK Parliament Seizes Internal Facebook Documents

UK Parliament Seizes Internal Facebook Documents

The MPs believe the data could give details on how company executives had previously handled user data and provide insight into the later scandal involving Cambridge Analytica. Although Facebook says that the claim had "no merit", it used California laws to protect those court documents.

Damian Collins, head of a parliamentary inquiry into fake news and disinformation, quoted from internal Facebook emails seized from U.S. software company Six4Three under a rarely used parliamentary enforcement procedure.

According to the report "parliament sent a sergeant at arms to [Zuckerberg's] hotel with a final warning and a two-hour deadline to comply with its order".

Damian Collins, in charge of the hearing and committee, said in a Sunday tweet that he had reviewed the documents. Facebook has also asked DCMS to return the documents to either the company or its legal counsel but the court order won't be valid as the United Kingdom parliament was acting under its own jurisdiction.

Kramer's lawsuit alleges Facebook disregarded user privacy and its founder Mark Zuckerberg devised a scheme to put rivals out of business.

The app maker, Six4Three, had acquired the files as part of a USA lawsuit against the social media giant.

"We've failed to get answers from Facebook and we believe the documents contain information of very high public interest", Collins was quoted as saying.

"It makes it look like he's got something to hide and he's anxious that we may have information and questions we could put to him that would put him in a hard position", Collins said.

Facebook told the paper: "The materials obtained by the DCMS committee are subject to a protective order of the San Mateo Superior Court restricting their disclosure".

Lawmakers from nine countries grilled a Facebook executive on Tuesday as part of an worldwide hearing at Britain's parliament on disinformation and "fake news".

Some context: Evidently, Zuckerberg's repeated refusal to answer questions (even via video link) from Collins's committee has riled its members.

Richard Allan, Facebook's vice-president for policy who is set to testify before Parliament after Zuckerberg declined to attend, stated that Facebook takes its responsibility around: "a number of important issues around privacy, safety and democracy ... very seriously".

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