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Isobel Asher Hamilton, Business Insider:

A devastating report from a UK parliamentary committee has taken direct aim at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, accusing him of “contempt.”

The UK’s Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee on Monday released its report on disinformation and “fake news” following an 18-month inquiry, which took in evidence from 73 witnesses.

The report called for urgent regulation of Facebook — including an independent UK body to stamp out harmful or illegal content — and skewered Zuckerberg for refusing to give evidence to the committee three times.

“Even if Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t believe he is accountable to the UK Parliament, he is to the billions of Facebook users across the world,” Collins said in a statement. “Evidence uncovered by my Committee shows he still has questions to answer, yet he’s continued to duck them, refusing to respond to our invitations directly or sending representatives who don’t have the right information.

“Mark Zuckerberg continually fails to show the levels of leadership and personal responsibility that should be expected from someone who sits at the top of one of the world’s biggest companies.”

Furthermore, in specific reference to the Cambridge Analytica data breach last year, which the UK committee has interrogated closely, it accused Facebook of a “profound failure of governance.” It said this was because the incident was not referred to Zuckerberg immediately and the firm “did not treat the breach with the seriousness it merited.”

Facebook’s response to the committee’s report did not include any direct reference to the personal attack on Zuckerberg.

Paul Ciano

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