MPs Try Again to Get Zuckerberg Over For a Formal Chat

By Gary Cutlack on at

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee is having another go at persuading Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg to come over for a terribly awkward chat about data and suchlike, and is hoping it has come up with a new carrot to dangle in front of him to make him pay the UK a visit – the Canadians are coming to this summit too, so there'll be people there speaking his language.

DCMS chair Damian Collins has issued the latest invitation, describing it as an opportunity to attend an "international committee" to make him feel either more important or more at home, saying: "We call on you to take up this historic opportunity to tell parliamentarians from both sides of the Atlantic and beyond about the measures Facebook is taking to halt the spread of disinformation on your platform, and to protect user data."

Facebook previously sent over Zuckerberg's tech deputy Mike Schroepfer to address MPs, but our government clearly wants the ultimate boss to come over, if only for the meme potential of seeing how he approaches something as alien as a custard cream. We imagine he would disassemble it, scrape off the filling and make it into a pile, then use the biscuits like cutlery to eat it. [BBC]