MPs warn Zuckerberg of 'formal summons' to appear before Parliament

MPs warn Zuckerberg of 'formal summons' to appear before Parliament”

The committee was left with almost 40 unanswered questions, which led it to re-request an appearance from the CEO himself.

Damian Collins, a lawmaker who chairs the United Kingdom parliament's media committee, has warned that Facebook's CEO could face an official summons when he next enters the country.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal has been consuming Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg for weeks.

Such summonses are rarely issued, and are binding on anyone in Britain apart from members of the government or members of the House of Commons or Lords. "We therefore re-state our invitation to Mark Zuckerberg". Historically, those found guilty of contempt have been fine or imprisoned - though such sanctions have not been used for more than 100 years.

Collins said he wanted the hearing to take place by 24 May and wrote: "Following reports that he will be giving evidence to the European Parliament in May, we would like Mr Zuckerberg to come to London during his European trip".

The billionaire tech tycoon has so far resisted attempts by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee chair Damian Collins to have him give evidence, instead sending his chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer.

Facebook has faced intense scrutiny since it was revealed in March that it leaked the private information of almost 90 million users without their permission to Cambridge Analytica, a political research firm affiliated with Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

The questions centre on political advertising and the misuse of data. They also want to know exactly when Zuckerberg first heard about Cambridge Analytica.

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