According to a report published by the CBC News, executives from some of the world's largest digital and social media companies (including Apple CEO, Tim cook, and Facebook, Mark zuckerberg) were invited to participate in an international committee on the dissemination of false news that will take place in Ottawa (Canada) next May.
The event is organized by parliamentarians and will be hosted by the Canadian House of Commons for the second year in a row. On this occasion, parliamentarians from Argentina, Belgium, the Brazil, Canada, France, Ireland, Latvia, the United Kingdom and Singapore, which are part of the ?International Committee on Misinformation and False News?.
In addition to Cook and Zuckerberg, invitations were also sent to executives Sundar Pichai (CEO; Google), Jeff Bezos (CEO; Amazon), Jack Dorsey (CEO; Twitter), Sheryl Sandberg (COO; Facebook), and representatives of WhatsApp, Snapchat, among others.
The first such meeting was held last November in Westminster (England), still in light of the great controversy surrounding Facebook and the data leak of more than 50 million users of the social network (which occurred after the other major leak involving the firm. Analytica Consulting Group). Zuckerberg, however, did not attend the meeting and sent the company's vice president of policies, Richard Allan, to account to lawmakers.
This time, however, Canadian MP Bob Zimmer, chairman of the House of Commons Ethics Committee, said the committee would not accept alternate members. Zimmer also pointed out that the meeting provides an opportunity for executives to explain what they are doing to protect their clients' privacy and prevent the spread of false news.
For Canadian society, this year's event is of even greater importance as the committee meets amid warnings from the country's cyber security agencies about the risk of outside agents attempting to manipulate users' opinion during the election year there. .
via iPhone in Canada