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MPs leave an empty chair for Facebook Mark Zuckerberg's manager in a fake news query

MPs have questioned the main European policy of Facebook at a Westminster hearing – but left an empty chair for the social network founder, Mark Zuckerberg after he refused to appear.

Richard Allan attended the hearing instead of Mr Zuckerberg, who has steadily decreased to propose himself to be questioned by the digital committee, culture, media and sport during his investigation into fake news.

Mr Allan – the Liberal Democrats – is being questioned by UK Parliamentary MPs and parliamentaries from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Latvia and Singapore.

At the time of the hearing, the committee shared a picture of the seat and the name of an empty seat, stating: "Nine countries, 24 official representatives, 447 million people were represented. One question: where is Mark Zuckerberg? "

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Mark Zuckerberg refused to attend the committee hearing

The hearing follows the unusual stroke from internal Facebook documents from another company by the committee using the ancient legal powers of parliament.

At the time, the chairman of the committee, Damian Collins, told The Observer: "We are in a seamless territory. This is an unprecedented move but there is an unprecedented situation.

"We have failed to get answers from Facebook and we believe that the documents contain information that is of very public interest."

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Mr Brown said Mr Allan on Tuesday, Mr Collins said that the committee was unable to publish information contained in the documents but one incident noted.

He said: "An engineer on the company's Facebook in 2014 noted that entities with Russian IP addresses have been using the Pinterest API key to draw more than three billion data points a day through the Directed Friends API. Now, it was reported to any external body on the time? "

It is not currently clear what these "data points" or could have provided identifiable or simple personal information amounted to non-sensitive technical data.

Mr Allan stressed that the emails that the committee had received in part and that they do not represent a Facebook policy, as much as they are in the company's position that were collected from.

Mr Collins said: "If you do not have the answer, I would like Facebook to report back to the committee to say what internal process it runs when an engineer reported this to the company , and did they tell her agencies and activity?

"Because if Russia's IP addresses were pulling down a large amount of data from the platform, that was reported or was probably preserved, which saved & # 39 ; the only family and did not mention it? "

Mr Allan said he would have to go back to the committee on this question.

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