The message comes just days after a damning British parliamentary report called Facebook and its executives “digital gangsters” and condemned Zuckerberg for not previously refusing to meet with British officials. He originally canceled Britain’s invitation to meet in March last year and sent CTO Mike Schroepfer in his place. Zuckerberg then refused a second invitation in May, although the next day agreed to meet with EU representatives. He then abandoned a further inquiry, instead sent political solutions to VP Richard Allan to take the heat.
Thursday’s meeting will consider seeing Wright and Zuckerberg discuss Britain’s upcoming plans to tighten online security, so it’s not the revelatory inquisition British officials had originally hoped for. It is not clear why Zuckerberg has finally decided to budge, even though Britain’s latest report did not mark its words when it reprimanded him to “show contempt” against Britain’s parliament. With Facebook continuously under the global headlight, it cannot afford to compromise relationships with anyone.