British lawmakers visited Washington D.C. this week and participated in a hearing on fake news. Several of the visiting politicians blasted the company during the meeting, comparing its treatment of users to an “abusive relationship” and questioning what the site does with so much user information.
“Isn’t Facebook a massive surveillance operation?” British MP Rebecca Pow asked. Another MP, Jo Stevens, said that the power imbalance between Facebook and its users is so great that Facebook is able to exercise “coercive control” and establish an “abusive relationship” with users.
MP Ian Lucas also said that Facebook is “facilitating an illegal act.”
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