MPs Get Passive Aggressive by Leaving an Empty Seat for Mark Zuckerberg at Fake News Inquiry

By Tom Pritchard on at

It is no secret that Facebook is getting all sorts of shit from governments about its attitude to privacy and how it's supposed to be tackling the spread of fake news. Our own government has repeatedly asked Mark Zuckerberg to show up, even getting some other governments in on the action, but to no avail. Now they're getting very British about the whole thing, by passive aggressively assigning the Facebook chairman his own seat.

The fake news inquiry is headed by Parliament's Digital, Cultural, Media, and Sport Committee, and also features representatives from the governments of Canada, Argentina, Singapore, Ireland, Brazil, Australia, France, Belgium, and Latvia. Presumably everyone banded together because it became apparent Zuckerberg didn't take them seriously alone, having only bothered to turn up for questioning by the EU parliament and US congress.

Clearly he still doesn't, which is why MPs are staring down Richard Allan, Facebook's European Head of Policy, instead. Maybe leaving an empty chair will help shame Zuck into showing up, so he can sit there trying to avoid answering questions and not look like some sort of robot.