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U.K. Parliament intervenes as a part of the Facebook survey

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By Saphora Smith and Olivia Solon

LONDON – British legislators have received documents that may be “highly relevant” To a parliamentary survey that looked at Facebook’s response to disinformation, a spokesman told NBC News on Sunday.

The documents contain according to the revelations Facebook has been struggling to keep out of the public domain concerning the company’s data security policy that led to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, The Observer newspaper reported in London on Saturday.

The observer reported that the files, as it said, include correspondence from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, arrested from the founder of a US software company, Six4Three, involved in legal action against tech giant.

NBC News could not confirm the details of the report, but a spokesman for the Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) Electoral Committee – which conducted the survey – confirmed to NBC News that it had “used a parliamentary order to obtain documents that may be very relevant to the investigation. “

A spokesman for Facebook told NBC News late on Saturday that “the materials received by the DCMS Commission are subject to a San Mateo Superior Court’s decision to limit their disclosure.”

Six4Three filed a complaint against Facebook at San Matteo County in California in 2015. According to court documents, the company accused Zuckerberg of cautiously “misleading tens of thousands of software companies to” develop applications that generate significant user growth and revenue for Facebook. “

NBC News has reached representatives of Six4Three for comments. [19659009] For two years, Facebook has been rocked by crises involving secret Russian propaganda, abuse of millions of users’ personal information and employment by a PR company that had a former employee called a “domestic fake news store.”

Sources have told NBC News that Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sa ndberg believes that Facebook’s negative image is a public relations issue stemming from a bungled press strategy and sensational media coverage – not structural or philosophical shortcomings that require a coarse correction.

The British Parliament’s seizure of the acts comes after Zuckerberg resigned from appearing before an international coalition of elected officials investigating disinformation and election interrogation scheduled to meet in London on Tuesday.

Representatives from Britain, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Argentina, Brazil, Singapore and Latvia invited Zuckerberg to provide evidence at a meeting in parliament, but Zuckerberg declined.

British lawmaker Damian Collins – who is chairman of the DCMS commission to investigate disinformation and gathered the international coalition – told NBC News that Zuckerberg was “afraid of being exposed”.

Conversation at his office in Westminster last week said Collins “the really big question” he would ask Zuckerberg was “What did he know about the worry about data integrity?”

Collins compiled the “International Grand Committee” in part in response to Zuckerberg’s insistence that he was too busy visiting individual national parliaments to answer further questions about Facebook’s efforts to crack down on abuse of the platform.

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which triggered global review of Facebook’s data collection practice, Zuckerberg has only responded to legislators publicly twice: before the April congress and the European Parliament in May.

Facebook has offered Richard Allan, Vice President of Political Solutions, to attend next week’s hot ring at Zuckerberg’s site.

“It looks like he has something to hide and he is worried that we can get information and questions we can add to him who would put him in a difficult position,” said Collins.

“He deliberately avoided that kind of review.”

Kate Brannelly contributed.

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