May 28, 2019

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg could be facing a contempt vote in Canada.

Zuckerberg and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg plan to defy summonses from Canada's Parliament and skip a hearing this week on how Silicon Valley impacts privacy and democracy, CNN reports. As a result, Bob Zimmer, the member of the House of Commons who sent Facebook its summonses, told CNN the executives could be held in contempt.

"Nobody is going to come with some handcuffs and arrest them, but to be held in contempt by an entire country would not serve any platform well," he said.

In place of Zuckerberg and Sandberg, Facebook plans to send its head of public policy for Facebook Canada and its director of public policy to this hearing, which will be attended by lawmakers from at least 10 countries. But that's not good enough for Zimmer, who said that Parliament must hear from Zuckerberg and Sandberg themselves.

"It's not that hard to jump on a plane and make some time to hear from legislators and answer their questions," Zimmer told CNN.

Although Zuckerberg is refusing to attend the meeting in Ottawa, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Sundar Pichai will both be there, Gizmodo reports.

Zuckerberg in 2018 testified before Congress in the United States but turned down requests to testify before U.K. Parliament, CNET reports. Facebook said on Monday that it is "committed to working with world leaders, governments, and industry experts" but that "ultimately this is a decision for Parliament — we're not in a position to speculate." Brendan Morrow

August 6, 2018

Conspiracy-monger Alex Jones has been on thin ice for a while, and tech companies have finally had enough.

Facebook on Monday announced in a blog post that it had deleted four pages run by Jones, who hosts Infowars. Apple and Spotify additionally removed Infowars podcasts, with all three companies citing content that violated standards.

Content on several Jones-affiliated Facebook pages was removed "for glorifying violence," the blog post explained, "and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims, and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies." Facebook said several posts were reported, and that Jones had accumulated too many "strikes" against him.

Spotify, meanwhile, said that the right-wing provocateur had "lost access to the Spotify platform" because of repeated reports of hate content. Apple removed the entire library of Infowars podcasts from iTunes, reports BuzzFeed News.

Jones has faced criticism for claiming that parents of children killed in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School are "crisis actors," and for promoting the conspiracy theory that the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington were staged by the government. Facebook will allow Jones to appeal the decision before permanently deleting the pages from the platform. Summer Meza

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