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Chair comment on Facebook

8 December 2020

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee Chair Julian Knight has issued this comment following the publication of documents giving details of a meeting between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the DCMS Secretary of State in May 2018.

DCMS Committee Chair Julian Knight MP said:

“Two years ago, when Parliament was seeking to hold Facebook to account, we now know that the Government was holding its own private talks with Mark Zuckerberg.

“Numerous invitations to appear before our predecessor DCMS Committee in its investigation into fake news went unanswered by him. It is of concern, that as has been reported, he met the then DCMS Secretary of State to express concerns about the tone of Government policy towards online regulation.

“We are looking forward to seeing the Government’s long-awaited online harms legislation in the coming weeks.”

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