The Parliamentary Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has requested that Mark Zuckerberg, the Chief Executive Officer of Facebook, appear in front of them to answer questions relating to their inquiry into fake news.
The request from the select committee comes after serious allegations have been made against the behaviour of Cambridge Analytica, who have denied that they have acted inappropriately or illegally. The company did admit that video footage showing entrapment was genuine but out of context, saying:
“In playing along with this line of conversation, and partly to spare our ‘client’ from embarrassment, we entertained a series of ludicrous hypothetical scenarios”.
The UK Information Commissioner has though now applied for a warrant to search the offices of the company, which is accused of entrapment. In response to the Information Commissioner’s request, the company issued a statement stating:
“Cambridge Analytica has been in touch with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) since February 2017, when we hosted its team in our London office to provide total transparency on all the data we hold, its usage, and other aspects of our business. We have been fully compliant and proactive in our conversations with the ICO.
Since early last year we have subsequently cooperated with the ICO on multiple lines of enquiry, including most recently on the Facebook data and derivatives that we received from GSR, the research company that we engaged in good faith to legally supply data for research.
On this point we have offered to share with the ICO all the information that it asked for and for the ICO to attend our office voluntarily, subject to our agreeing the scope of the inspection. We remain committed to helping the ICO and all other concerned organisations in their investigations and audits”.