In response, Collins and his committee stressed Sunday the need for new regulations targeting social media, including rules that would require Facebook and other tech companies to take swift action to remove harmful or illegal content online.
British politicians accused Facebook of knowingly and intentionally violating data privacy and antitrust law in a damning report into fake news published late Sunday. Evidence uncovered by my committee shows he still has questions to answer yet he's continued to duck them, refusing to respond to our invitations directly or sending representatives who don't have the right information.
Across Europe, regulators have called for probes into Facebook, which is being investigated in U.S.by the Federal Trade Commission.
The sharp rebuke came in a 108-page report written by members of Parliament, who in 2017 began a wide-ranging study of Facebook and the spread of malicious content online.
The report accuses Facebook's CEO of "contempt" after he failed to show up to give evidence to a British parliamentary committee.
Facebook has taken "aggressive positions" against direct competitors, leading to data access denial - or acquisitions.
The U.K. committee questioned a string of high-profile experts and executives previous year in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal in order to reach the conclusions published Monday, including whistle-blower Christopher Wylie, and Facebook executives Richard Allan and Mike Schroepfer.
The committee's final report into disinformation and fake news also said electoral law was "not fit for purpose" and should be updated to reflect the move to "microtargeted" online political campaigning.
Companies like Facebook were also using their size to bully smaller firms that relied on social media platforms to reach customers, it added.
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That means making the tech companies legally liable for "harmful and illegal content" on their platforms, with "large fines" for non-compliance. Regulation would, of course, be imposed on Facebook, whether the company is open to it or not.
"These last 12 months really have been a period of investigation and discovery", said Damian Collins, the United Kingdom lawmaker who leads the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee in the House of Commons.
"It can not maintain that they have no responsibility themselves in regulating the content of their sites, " a major report by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee released on Monday.
"We have already made substantial changes so that every political ad on Facebook has to be authorized, state who is paying for it and then is stored in a searchable archive for seven years", Facebook said.
"No other channel for political advertising is as transparent and offers the tools that we do", Palant told CNN.
The report's authors said they had "no doubt that this strategy was deliberate".
"We share the committee's concerns about false news and election integrity and are pleased to have made a significant contribution to their investigation over the past 18 months, answering more than 700 questions and with four of our most senior executives giving evidence", said Palant.
"The age of inadequate self-regulation must come to an end".
"It was a profound failure of governance within Facebook that its CEO did not know what was going on, the company now maintains, until the issue became public to us all in 2018", the British MPs noted. At the time, Facebook said the documents omitted important context and only revealed "one side of the story'".