Parliament UK seizes internal Facebook documents

Nov

25

2018

in the hands of American
The British parliament has used exceptional powers to obtain internal papers from Facebook containing information about the Cambridge Analytica case. They were owned by an American company whose founder was on a business trip to London.

The documents are indeed from Facebook, but were in the hands of the American former software start-up Six4Three. Six4Three is itself involved in a judicial battle with Facebook in the US. It has obtained these papers in the so-called discovery phase of a lawsuit, in which the two parties can exchange their evidence.

According to The Guardian’s report , the papers include confidential e-mails between Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook leaders, who can demonstrate what decisions were made in the years prior to the Cambridge Analytica case and where the bosses aware of it. Six4Three claims that these papers show that Facebook was aware of the implications of its privacy policy and even encouraged Cambridge Analytica to use it.

The British newspaper goes on to say that even a so-called serjeant at arms had to be sent to the man’s hotel room, who gave him his last warning and a deadline to hand over the papers. Here the man reportedly did not listen, after which the serjeant forcibly escorted him to parliament, where he had to be fanned with penalties and jail before finally handing over the documents.

“This is an unheard-of move, but it is also an unheard-of situation”, states MP Damian Collins, chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Committee and the person who gave the order. “We have not received Facebook answers and we believe that the documents contain information that is of great importance to the public.”

Facebook itself denies guilt in the Cambridge Analytica case and requests that the papers be returned and not read. The social media giant refrains from further comment. A hearing is planned for the coming week, where Facebook has to answer questions from a committee of representatives from 22 countries. Mark Zuckerberg, however, renounces further appearances and interrogations and sends Richard Allan , policy maker at Facebook, in his place.

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