Fake news:United Kingdom seizes confidential Facebook documents

29 November, 2018, 00:19 | Author: Angel Logan
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Parliament has used special legal powers to seize a series of Facebook documents for its probe into the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

This cache of documents is said to contain important revelations about Facebook decisions on data and privacy controls that led to the Cambridge Analytical scandal. According to court documents, the company accuses Zuckerberg of attempting to "deliberately" mislead tens of thousands of software companies into "developing applications that generated substantial user growth and revenues for Facebook".

"The committee used a parliamentary order to obtain documents that could be highly relevant to the inquiry", a spokesperson for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee told NBC News. A security representative was sent to his hotel with a two-hour deadline to give the papers up.

The Tory MP tweeted this evening: "The @CommonsCMS has received the documents it ordered from Six4Three relating to Facebook".

A set of documents Facebook has sought to keep private - and ordered by USA federal court to remained sealed - have been obtained by the British Parliament, CNN reported.

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

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

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

Allan pleaded with Collins not to raise the material at the hearing, which MPs are entitled to do under Parliamentary privilege, "until we have further guidance from the court".

Prepare for political fireworks on Tuesday as politicians from around the world gather for an "unprecedented" hearing into disinformation, fake news and privacy on Facebook's platform, hosted by the United Kingdom parliament.

"We are also interested to know whether the policies of Facebook, as expressed within these documents, are consistent with the public statements the company has made on the same issues".

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