The two top Facebook executives, Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, said they will not go to a court hearing in Ottawa today, despite receiving calls from Canadian MPs – risking contempt for Parliament.
The summons was made individually by a senior Canadian politician on May 8, but the Silicon Valley company sends stand-ins for the company's best buyer.
Kevin Chan, the head of public policy for Facebook Canada, and Neil Potts, the director of government policy, go to the meeting instead, Facebook said in a statement.
Bob Zimmer MP, the chairman of the Canadian parliamentary committee who is hosting the international meeting in Ottawa this morning, made the call for the couple individually
But Bob Zimmer MP, the chairman of the Canadian parliamentary committee hosting the international meeting, said he would rather hear from the couple who had made the convocation personally.
The documents state that the CEO and the COO & # 39; mandatory & # 39; to appear in the capital of Canada at the meeting that starts this morning.
Zimmer added that & # 39; a contempt for an entire country would not serve a platform well & # 39 ;, before it is claimed that & # 39; no one will handcuff them to arrest them & # 39; – referring to the complex contempt law in the Canadian parliament.
Facebook co-founder, chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in April last year, amid a hearing about data breaches related to his company
Earlier this month Canadian member of the New Democratic Party, Charlie Angus, received photos of the calls
The meeting is the second of its kind, following a previous year in London. It wants to see the impact of Silicon Valley on privacy and democracy, where Twitter and Google are invited to answer questions.
The committee voted on summons Zuckerberg and Sandberg – Facebook's chief operating officer – to appear as witnesses, referring to the Cambridge Analytica scandal early last year.
The duo testified on the subject before the United States Congress, but Bob Zimmer told CNN that the problems are transcending the border with the United States.
& # 39; Together we represent around 450 million people, it is a larger population group than the US, & # 39; he said.
He added that the presence of the powerful couple is important because of the way they micro & manage the company & # 39; and every decision comes from the top, from them.
The writ of summons, written in English and French, is made individually to Zuckerberg and Sandberg and they state that the pair & # 39; needed & # 39; is to appear at the hearing in Canada.
The decision to keep them in contempt, Zimmer said, would be approved by the entire Parliament, CNN reported.
Facebook said that any contempt is not for them to speculate & # 39 ;, adding that it is a & # 39; decision for Parliament & # 39; is.
The spokesperson added that Facebook & # 39; shares the committee's wish to keep people safe and hold companies like ours responsible. & # 39;
Although there is a threat of contempt, Canada rarely carries out the move or punishes the ruling on its own.
A study by the Library of Parliament has shown that, although accusations of contemptuous behavior are often made, findings of contempt are unusual. & # 39;
Ms. Sandberg, COO of Facebook, testifies to a US Senate Selection Committee for Intelligence Hearing to investigate the use of social media platforms by foreign influence operations & # 39;
The decision to show them contemptuously, Zimmer said, would be approved by the entire Parliament
Also, while the House of Commons has a number of penalties to punish contempt, including prison – a & # 39; condemnation of contempt is often considered sufficient in itself & # 39 ;, says the library, reported by CBC.
Indeed, that was the case of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police deputy commissioner Barbara George in 2017, when she was found in contempt for & # 39; at most misleading, in the worst case false & # 39 ;, after an investigation into its force management of $ 12 billion in pension and insurance plans.
Liberal MP Shawn Murphy, then Chairman of the Commons Public Accounts Commission, said finding contempt was in itself a punishment.
& # 39; It was just an explanation of our reprimand, & # 39; he said.
In short, Zuckerberg and Sandberg are unlikely to face punishment if they are found in contempt – even though they would technically hamper parliament in fulfilling their duties.
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