Several weeks ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg received summonses from the Canadian Parliament. In response, Mark Zuckerberg ignores Canada's parliamentary summons and refuses to attend the court hearing. New reports reveal that CEO and Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, will reportedly not be present at a hearing in Ottawa this week.
Facebook confirmed that the company's Canadian Head of Public Policy, Kevin Chan, and its Director of Public Policy, Neil Potts, will appear in their place.
At the beginning of May, the chair of the Ethics Committee, MP Bob Zimmer, summoned Zuckerberg and Sandberg to appear before the International Grand Committee of Parliamentarians, which is being held today in Ottawa, Global News reports.
At the time, Canadian lawmakers had unanimously voted to issue subpoenas compelling testimony by Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Zuckerberg was expected to testify at a Canadian parliamentary committee after accusations surfaced that the social media company violated Canadian privacy laws.
On Tuesday, May 7th, Canada’s Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics issued the summons in a closed-door meeting. The Privacy Commissioner Of Canada, Daniel Therrien, explained previously that Facebook committed, "serious contraventions" of Canadian law, citing the Cambridge Analytica controversy. Zuckerberg and Sandberg are set to appear in court at an undetermined date.
Zuckerberg also reportedly disregarded calls to address a Canadian committee investigating election meddling and disinformation on Facebook. CNET reported that the subpoena can only be enforced if Zuckerberg and Sandberg enter into Canada.
Several weeks ago, Zimmer explained that if Zuckerberg and Sandberg refuse to respond to the subpoena or to appear before the committee, the committee will "submit to the full Parliament a motion to hold them in contempt."
In a written statement to Global News, Facebook claimed, "We share the Committee’s desire to keep people safe and to hold companies like ours accountable. We look forward to answering their questions and remain committed to working with world leaders, governments, and industry experts to address these complex issues."