[H]ardOCP: Facebook Documents Seized by UK Government

April FrancisNov 29, 2018

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

The parliament thus used its legal powers to seize the internal Facebook papers in an extraordinary attempt to hold the United States social media giant to account.

The founder of Six4Three, a now-defunct U.S. software company, was compelled to hand over the documents through a rare parliamentary instrument during a business trip to London, the newspaper reported.

Damian Collins, in charge of the hearing and committee, said in a Sunday tweet that he had reviewed the documents.

The files can not be made public in the United States as they are subject to an order of the California superior court.

The event is being held just days after Britain's parliament seized confidential Facebook documents from the developer of a now-defunct tech firm, a move that was considered unusually aggressive.

Representatives for Six4Three couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

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On arriving in London, a Parliamentary Sergeant at Arms was sent to his hotel for seizing the documents.

Damian Collins, chair of parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, took the unusual action after Mr Zuckerberg repeatedly refused to appear before MPs.

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

The group, called an "International Grand Committee", tried to bring in Facebook (FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg to answer questions, but he declined twice.

Last month the United Kingdom data watchdog fined Facebook £500,000 following its investigation into the Cambridge Analytica affair.

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