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Zuckerberg to testify only in U.S., doesn't want to go to UK

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to testify before U.S. Congress but he turned down British lawmakers’ invitations to explain to a British parliamentary committee what went wrong.

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Facebook said on Tuesday the company had received invitations to testify before Congress and that they were talking to legislators.

House Energy and Commerce Committee spokeswoman Elena Hernandez said “The committee is continuing to work with Facebook to determine a day and time for Mr. Zuckerberg to testify,” Reuters reported.

The company said it would instead send one of his deputies, suggesting that Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer or Chief Product Officer Chris Cox had the expertise to answer questions on the complex subject.

The head of the committee called Zuckerberg’s decision “astonishing” and urged him to think again.

The chair, Damian Collins, said it had become more urgent the Facebook founder give evidence in person, Christopher Wylie.

The MP said: “I think, given the extraordinary evidence we’ve heard so far today, it is absolutely astonishing that Mark Zuckerberg is not prepared to submit himself to questioning in front of a parliamentary or congressional hearing, given these are questions of fundamental importance and concern to his users, as well as to this inquiry.

“I would certainly urge him to think again if he has any care for people that use his company’s services.”

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