Nearly a year ago, British MPs asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify in person about how Facebook handles data privacy and misinformation online. And like Neo dodging bullets The matrix, Zuckerberg has escaped several times, preferring to send lackeys to his place. But it seems he finally has some free time in his schedule, while UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright is scheduled to meet Zuckerberg at Facebook's headquarters today.
But before you rub your hands with joy, Wright does not go for a long face-to-face grilling session with Zuckerberg about the multiple privacy breaches of the social media giant. Wright, who heads the UK's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, is currently touring Silicon Valley to discuss the UK government's upcoming White Paper on Internet Security with Apple, Google, Facebook and Twitter. And, according to the BBC, Wright will only have a 30-minute window on Zuckerberg's time-consuming schedule to fix Facebook's public image.
The meeting also comes just days after the Wright Committee released a 108-page report closing its 18-month inquiry into misinformation on social media. In this document, the committee harshly criticized Facebook for behaving like "digital gangsters" unable to control themselves. In particular, Zuckerberg's persistent refusal to testify personally before the committee was cited as an example of his failed leadership.
"I remain firmly convinced that technology has the power to do good and has a positive impact on our society," said Wright in a statement released Monday. "But it's clear that things have to change. With power comes the responsibility and the time has come for technology companies to be properly responsible. "
In a statement to Yahoo Finance UK released today, Wright said: "The era of self-regulation is coming to an end, but I still want to see innovative solutions to proposed online damage. by the sector. I look forward to meeting with Mr. Zuckerberg to discuss what more Facebook can do to keep people safe on their platforms, as we prepare a new regulatory framework that will reinforce the responsibility of Facebook and other technology companies in Canada. protect us. "
It's a busy agenda for only 30 minutes. But hey, at least Zuckerberg will train for his 2019 challenge of talking to people more.