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U.K. committee slams Facebook as chief visits Zuckerberg

Neil Hodge | February 22, 2019

Facebook behaves like a “digital gangster,” has deliberately broken privacy and competition law, and should be subject to statutory regulation urgently, according to a U.K. parliamentary report.

The final report of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee’s 18-month investigation into disinformation and fake news says that “the dominance of a handful of powerful tech companies has resulted in their behaving as if they were monopolies in their specific area,” with “Facebook, in particular, [being] unwilling to be accountable to regulators around the world.”

The head of the committee, Jeremy Wright, reportedly flew to Facebook’s headquarters in California earlier this week and was scheduled to meet with CEO Mark Zuckerberg to discuss the findings on Thursday. Zuckerberg has previously refused to appear before Parliament to answer for Facebook. 

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