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Mark Zuckerberg gets UK Parliament’s Ultimatum

Will Zuck get a summons?

The UK’s Parliamentary Committee for Digital Culture Media and Sports has asked for the last time that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg come voluntarily to give evidence about the Cambridge Analytica’s scandal.

Failing that, Zuckerberg will received a formal summons to appear, which would legally force him to go before the committee as soon as he sets foot in Britain.

“Following reports that he will be giving evidence to the European Parliament in May, we would like Mr Zuckerberg to come to London during his European trip. We would like the session here to place by 24 May,” the committee wrote in a new letter to the social network.

“It is worth noting that, while Mr Zuckerberg does not normally come under the jurisdiction of the UK Parliament, he will do so the next time he enters the country. We hope that he will respond positively to our request, but if not the Committee will resolve to issue a formal summons for him to appear when he is next in the UK.”

Zuckerberg has stubbornly declined to come to the UK and give some clarity to the Committee— which is looking into the twin issues of fake news and Cambridge Analytica’s micro-targeting, plus Facebook’s role in the whole affair.

Zuckerberg, who has personally testified before the US Congress, has so far resolved to leave the London conundrum to some of his lieutenants— such as Chief Technical Officer Mike Schroepfer, who appeared before the Committee last week in a five-hour session that left the Committee totally dissatisfied.

Following the hearing, the MPs issued a statement declaring that Schroepfer had failed to answer in full about forty key questions— indeed, Schroepfer very often played the “I don’t know” card when confronted with thorny issues.

According to TechCrunch, Facebook plans to answer any outstanding questions with follow-up answers— hinting that Zuck still does not want to jump on that flight to London.

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