Zimmer calls on Zuckerberg to attend international committee hearing

Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer.

Bob Zimmer, Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, has once again added his name to the growing list of elected representatives worldwide calling on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to give testimony at the international grand committee meeting on disinformation and ‘fake news.’

Brazil, Latvia and Singapore have now joined the committee which includes Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Argentina and Ireland. Elected representatives from these eight countries, representing over 393 million residents, will meet on November 27 in London, UK. 

“It is clear from last week’s New York Times article on how Facebook executives handled recent data breaches and misinformation campaigns on their platform that there are still many questions that only Mr. Zuckerberg can answer,” said Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies. “These allegations are deeply troubling and it is vital that we get to the bottom of what happened and what is being done to fit it.”

Zuckerberg informed the committee that he was unable to be in London, England, for the November 27 meeting.

“In the most recent response to our request, Facebook indicated that Mr. Zuckerberg would be unable to travel to London,” Zimmer said. “We hope that by offering the option of giving video testimony Mr. Zuckerberg will show our countries and the citizens we represent the respect that we deserve and finally accept our request to appear before our committee.”