Two separate parliamentary committees in the UK and Canada have issued an unprecedented international joint call for Mark Zuckerberg's presidential Facebook boss (19459003).
The committees are investigating the impact of online disinformation democratic processes and want Zuckerberg to answer questions related to the abuse scandal of Cambridge Analytica Facebook user data, both of which have been put to the test this year.
In general, they are also looking for more detailed information on the digital policies and information governance of Facebook – not least in view of new data breaches – as they continue to investigate the democratic impact and economic incentives associated with the dissemination of online disinformation connected through social media platforms.
In a letter sent today to the Facebook founder, the Chair of the United Kingdom Committee on Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Standing Committee on Access to Information in Canada, Pri Vacy and Ethics ( SCAIPE), Damian Collins and Bob Zimmer write that they intend to hold a "special Joint Parliamentary Hearing at Westminster Parliament" on November 27 ̵
"This will be conducted by us, but probably other parliaments will be represented," they continue. "Such a joint hearing was never held. Given your self-declared goal of "repairing" Facebook and preventing its misuse of the platform in world affairs and democratic processes, we would like to give you the chance to appear at this hearing.
Both Committees Say That Will Be the Case
The DCMS Committee has already presented a preliminary report this summer after hearing several company and data-expert hearings calling for urgent government action Combating online disinformation and defending democracy – including the proposal to submit a levy on social media platforms to fund educational programs in the field of digital education.
Although the UK government has so far rejected the majority of the committee's recommendations, it seems to favor "waiting and gathering evidence" (and / or "throwing a politically charged issue into the long grass").
Meanwhile, Canada's Democratic damage caused by so-called "fake news" has been accentuated by AIQ, the data-processing company affiliated with Cambridge Analytica as one of its data processors and system developers – and by CA whistleblower Chris Wylie as im Essentially described a section of his former employer – based on his ground.
The SCAIPE committee has already held several meetings to interrogate AIQ executives, who have been followed with great interest by some legislators across the Atlantic.
At the same time, the DCMS Committee attempted to repeatedly reach Facebook's CEO over the course of its several months Investigation on online disinformation. Instead, Facebook sent a number of less senior executives and culminated with its CTO – Mike Schroepfer – who spent around five hours being roasted by visibly angry committee members. And their answers still left him unsatisfied.
However, when political concern over electoral interference has greatly increased, Zuckerberg attended meetings in the US Senate and the US Parliament in April – to answer (but not necessarily answer) the questions of policymakers.
He also appeared before a meeting of the Presidential Council of the European Parliament, where he was charged with avoiding the particular concerns of MEPs.
The British Parliament, however, has been consistently mutilated. Most recently, the DCMS Committee pointed out that Zuckerberg would formally request it at its next appearance on British soil (and of course he does not).
They are now trying a different turn – in the form of a grand coalition of international legislators. From two – and possibly more – countries.
Although the chairmen of the British and Canadian committees say Zuckerberg can not make himself "available to all parliaments," Facebook users in other countries claim they need to account for the organization – directly about themselves, "adding," We would have thought that responsibility is something you want to take on. We are both planning to release final reports on this topic by the end of December 2018. The hearing of your evidence is now overdue and urgent. "
" We urge you to use this historic opportunity to tell parliamentarians both sides of the Atlantic and beyond the measures that Facebook takes to stop the dissemination of disinformation on your platform and the user data
So far this has been the case with foreign lawmakers, only elected representatives of the 289 member states of the European Union have been proven to have enough collective political influence and enough power to sign up with Zuckerberg a little bit of time
It seems that another Facebook snub is the most likely response to the recent call
"We have received the letter from the committee and will reply to Mr. Collins by the deadline," said a Facebook Spokesman when asked if Zuckerberg would be sent this time.
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Perhaps the company will send its new global police chief, Nick Clegg, who would be a well-known face to at least the Westminster legislators who previously served as UK deputies.
Although the most recent move by Collins et al. is still not leading to Zuckerberg, the international coalition approach that the two committees are now pursuing is challenging the regulation of global platforms, such as Facebook, whose user base may be larger than some nationwide.
If the joint hearing committees recruited lawmakers from other countries – such as Myanmar, where Facebook's platform was accused of accelerating ethnic violence – this could be an invitation. Zuckerberg finds it harder to ignore.
After all, Facebook claims: "We are accountable." And Zuckerberg is his CEO. (Although it is not stated exactly who Facebook / Zuckerberg is responsible for.)
Forming a joint international committee is a new tactic, and UK and Canadian legislators and regulators have been working together for many months – as part of it their corresponding inquiries and investigations, and because they have attempted to decrypt complex data paths and understand transnational corporate structures.
One thing is getting clearer when you look at the kinky web where politics and social media collide (with mass manipulation of the target audience)): The networked cross-border nature of the Internet, coupled with well-financed digital election campaigns – and indeed Bucket of personal data – the traditional legal structures at the national level are now burdening considerably.
National electoral laws, which rely on the regulation of expenses such as election campaigns and collaborative working, as provided for in the British laws, simply do not work if you can not. Follow the money and really portray the relationships.
And when it comes to using personal data for political targeting of online ads, ethics must be paramount – as the UK Data Protection Supervisor warned.