Monday November 26, 2018

Facebook Documents Seized by UK Government

The Guardian reports that the UK Parliament has seized a cache of documents "alleged to contain significant revelations about Facebook decisions on data and privacy controls that led to the Cambridge Analytica scandal." Parliament reportedly invoked a rare mechanism to "compel" Ted Kramer, the founder of Six4Three, to hand over the documents. The site claims the documents include confidential emails between executives, including Zuckerberg himself. The seizure follows Zuckerberg's refusal to answer the Parliament's summons, and The Guardian believes that the documents will clarify the decisions made by Facebook's leadership in the events leading up to the scandal.

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In another exceptional move, parliament sent a serjeant at arms to his hotel with a final warning and a two-hour deadline to comply with its order. When the software firm founder failed to do so, it's understood he was escorted to parliament. He was told he risked fines and even imprisonment if he didn’t hand over the documents. "We are in uncharted territory," said Collins, who also chairs an inquiry into fake news. "This is an unprecedented move but it's an unprecedented situation. We've failed to get answers from Facebook and we believe the documents contain information of very high public interest."

Update 11/26: Names fixed