Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

UK Lawmakers Seize Cache of Facebook Internal Papers

UK Lawmakers Seize Cache of Facebook Internal Papers

Apparently, the company Six4Three is involved in a legal case against Facebook in the USA, where the documents were obtained through legal procedures.

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. The committee wanted the files, which have been sealed by a California judge, in the hope they would shed light on Facebook's privacy policies.

Zuckerberg refused to comply so "it's understood he was escorted to parliament" where "he was told he risked fines and even imprisonment if he didn't hand over the documents".

Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg have faced intense of pressure over the social media giant's use of personal data, the spread of fake news, and, this month, that it hired a PR firm to make claims about the financier George Soros.

Damian Collins, Conservative MP and chair of the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, sent a parliamentary official to the London hotel where Ted Kramer, the founder of Six4Three, a software company that is suing Facebook, was staying.

"We have very serious questions for Facebook".

Mr Collins told the paper: "We are in uncharted territory".

He said: "It has not answered our questions about who knew what, when with regards to the Cambridge Analytica scandal".

He said he had kept in touch with Facebook focusing on the House of Commons had forces to seize archives inside United Kingdom locale.

Taking on the American courts, using arcane procedures that have not been employed in living memory and getting involved in a case where a plaintiff seems to be arguing that Facebook was too strict about the use of data certainly seems risky.

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".

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

Lawmakers from seven countries are preparing to grill Richard Allan, a Facebook executive in charge of public policy, at the committee's hearing in London. They could take some solace in the fact that Facebook has seen its share price plunge by $100 billion since the breach of 87 million user profiles was revealed.

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