Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg will not attend a hearing in Ottawa later this week, despite receiving summonses from the Canadian parliament, Facebook confirmed on Monday.
The decision could result in the executives being held in contempt of parliament, the senior Canadian politician who sent the summons told CNN.
Both executives received formal requests from the Canadian Parliament earlier this month tied to a gathering of an international committee examining Silicon Valley’s impact on privacy and democracy. Zuckerberg and Sandberg have testified before the United States Congress on the subject.
Facebook said is it sending Kevin Chan, its head of public policy for Facebook Canada, and Neil Potts, its director of public policy, to the meeting instead.
Lawmakers from at least ten countries, including the United Kingdom and Australia, are expected to attend the meeting, which is the second of its kind. The first meeting of the committee last year in London resulted in the release of secret internal Facebook documents.
SOURCE: Donie O’Sullivan and Paula Newton