It would seem that are learning that you can't circumvent democratically-elected governments and the law indefinitely.

They're doubly screwed because parliamentary privilege means that disclosure of these documents by elected or appointed representatives in the UK won't lead to prosecutions.


Wow... 😮

"Parliament sent a serjeant at arms to his hotel with a final warning and a two-hour deadline to comply with its order. When the software firm founder failed to do so, it’s understood he was escorted to parliament.

“This is an unprecedented move but it’s an unprecedented situation. We’ve failed to get answers from Facebook and we believe the documents contain information of very high public interest.”

So, at least some at UK parliament actually doing right thing?

@switchingsocial normally people and companies get a strongly worded letter (called a "formal summons") and turn up to answer questions from a parliamentary committee under oath.

Facebook has taken the unprecedented step of not doing that, because they think doing so is a courtesy rather than a legal requirement.

What the DCMS want to demonstrate is that ignoring a formal summons does actually have consequences 😅


Definitely need to see more of this, either turn up or be brought in.

If this is everything it appears to be, well done to Damian Collins 👏

I'm amused by Facebook's response btw.

"Pretty please don't read those documents. We want them back because gag orders won in California should totally apply in the UK. Waaa!"

I guess they now know what their victims feel like. 😏

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@bobstechsite Wow this sounds awesome. I hope they start doing this more with tech companies, also google, microsoft etc.

@bobstechsite Wow. That’s a pretty incredible series of events.

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