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Mark Zuckerberg to Meet with UK Culture Secretary

On the 28th February, the UK culture secretary will meet Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook’s headquarters.

On the 28th February, the UK culture secretary will meet Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook’s headquarters in California. It follows 18 months in which the social media giant refused to address a parliamentary committee investigating accusations of significant failings at Facebook.

A report published this week suggests Facebook knowingly violated data privacy and competition laws.

Jeremy Wright is expected to receive 30 minutes of Zuckerberg’s time on Thursday, and hopes to discuss ways to prevent online harm.

The social media site has been under scrutiny since the family of British teenager Molly Russell claimed she took her own life after viewing content which glorified suicide on the company’s photo-sharing platform Instagram.

Alongside Facebook, the UK delegation will also meet with Google, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest, Apple, Snap and Tinder.

A whitepaper is expected to be published by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport “in the next few weeks”, and will include input from companies visited on the trip.

Mr Wright has said he anticipates the eventual proposal will become a model for other countries tackling negativity surrounding Facebook.

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