Mark Zuckerberg has told the governments of the United Kingdom, Canada, Argentina, Australia and Ireland that he is "not available" for a planned hearing on political disinformation and Facebook.
In his letter to the intergovernmental group, Mr Zuckerberg declined to elaborate on why he was "not available."
In a letter to the UK's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, the company declined to say why Zuckerberg couldn't attend, but said it remains "happy to cooperate" with the inquiry. The letter also laid out some of the efforts Facebook has made over the last year in areas like fighting fake news and striving for transparency in political ads.
Damian Collins, chair of the committee, is leading the charge and noted that the social network's response is "hugely disappointing."
"The fact that he has continually declined to give evidence, not just to my committee, but now to an unprecedented international grand committee, makes him look like he's got something to hide," he said in an emailed statement."
Mark Zuckerberg 'not able' to attend international disinformation hearing [Laura K. Cucullu/Cnet]
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