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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg faces subpoena in Canada over fake news – CNET

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly faces a subpoena from a Canadian Parliament committee.

James Martin

A Canadian Parliament committee on Tuesday voted unanimously to issue a subpoena calling for appearances from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg, according to CBS News

The Facebook executives were reportedly invited to appear before the International Grand Committee on Disinformation and "Fake News" in Ottawa on May 28, but neither responded. Zuckerberg also ignored requests to address a Canadian committee looking into election meddling and disinformation on Facebook, according to CBS News. (Editor's note: CNET is owned by CBS.)

The subpoena can reportedly only be enforced if Zuckerberg and Sandberg go to Canada. 

"We're hoping this shows them we're serious," Bob Zimmer, chair of Canada's Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, told CBS News. 

If Zuckerberg and Sandberg don't respond to the subpoena or refuse to appear before the committee, the committee will "submit to the full Parliament a motion to hold them in contempt," Zimmer told CBS News.

Zimmer didn't respond to a request for comment. 

"Over the last year, we have participated in numerous meetings and hearings with government bodies around the world," a Facebook representative said Thursday. "We will work with the Committee to ensure Facebook is appropriately represented at the May 28 meeting."

Last year, Zuckerberg testified before Congress following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which data from as many as 87 million Facebook users was improperly shared with the political consultancy.

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Originally published May 8.
Update, May 9: Adds comment from Facebook.

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