Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has appealed a new invitation to answer questions from politicians outside the United States. On October 31, Zuckerberg was asked to testify before a UK parliamentary committee, with Canadian politicians signing the invitation. Such international cooperation is supported by legislators from Australia, Argentina and Ireland, who form a "large international committee" representing 170 million users of the social network.
The request was rejected by Zuckerberg on November 2, according to UK lawmaker Damian Collins, who made the original invitation in his role as head of the country's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport selection committee.
Collins, in a letter, said that he and his colleagues were "very disappointed with Facebook's negative response".
Zuckerberg has already rejected two requests to testify in the United Kingdom, until then he has only spoken personally to three legislatures: the US Congress, the US Senate and the European Parliament. As an excuse for Facebook, Zuckerberg's lack of time to speak to lawmakers in other countries.
The last committee will meet in London on 27 November and Collins will chair the event. The intention is to analyze the spread of false misinformation news. UK and Canada are preparing independent reports on the topic.
Collins and his colleagues, in the last letter, repeated the importance of Zuckerberg's participation. "We say again: the hearing of your evidence is delayed and urgent […] We call you once again to assume your responsibility to Facebook users, and to speak personally with your elected representatives."