Global coalition to quiz Facebook over data misuse

Fake news:UK seizes confidential Facebook documents

The Observer reported that the files, which it said include correspondence from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, were seized from the founder of a USA software company, Six4Three, which is engaged in legal action against the tech giant.

Conservative MP Damian Collins, the Guardian reports, then "invoked a rare parliamentary mechanism" that compelled Six4Three's founder-who was on a business trip in London-to hand over the documents, which reportedly "contain significant revelations about Facebook decisions on data and privacy controls that led to the Cambridge Analytica scandal".

The papers also include correspondences between Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives.

Damian Collins, chairman of the Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee used a rare parliamentary mechanism and compelled Ted Kramer, the founder of Six4Three, a U.S. app software company, to hand over the documents who was on a business trip in London last week.

In his email to Facebook public policy vice president Richard Allen, which he posted on Twitter on Sunday evening, Mr Collins said a committee of the House can publish these documents under parliamentary privilege.

The British Parliament has obtained a set of internal Facebook documents the company has fought for months to stop from being made public, according to Facebook and a lawyer involved in a suit against the company.

For two years Facebook has been rocked by crises involving covert Russian propaganda, the mishandling of millions of users' personal information and the hiring of a public relations firm that had what one former employee called an "in-house fake news shop".

"We allege that Facebook itself is the biggest violator of data misuse in the history of the software industry", Kramer told CNN this summer.

Mr Collins told the paper: "We are in uncharted territory".

Lawmakers from nine countries grilled a Facebook executive on Tuesday as part of an global hearing at Britain's parliament on disinformation and "fake news".

"We have asked the DCMS committee to refrain from reviewing them and to return them to counsel or to Facebook".

Allan was responding to Canadian lawmaker Charlie Angus, who said the social media giant has "lost the trust of the global community to self-police", and that governments have to start looking at ways to hold the company accountable.

Some context: Evidently, Zuckerberg's repeated refusal to answer questions (even via video link) from Collins's committee has riled its members.

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