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Social media execs face grilling at Ottawa summit, as global consensus on need for government regulation grows

By Laura Ryckewaert      

One expert, Roger McNamee, called for governments to threaten and be willing to unplug social media platforms, as Sri Lanka did in the wake of church attacks last month, to gain leverage to force companies like Facebook to change their ways.

Facebook Canada's Kevin Chan faced a grilling from international legislators on May 28, followed by a separate rake over the coals from media after his testimony before the international grand committee meeting in Ottawa this week. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Representatives from Google, Twitter, and Facebook, in particular, faced relentless grilling from elected officials representing 11 countries during an international meeting on data privacy in Ottawa on Tuesday, with officials speaking to a growing global consensus on the need for governments to co-ordinate internationally to regulate social media platforms.

Laura Ryckewaert

Laura Ryckewaert moved to Ottawa from Toronto roughly eight years ago to study a bachelor of journalism at Carleton University. She's been a reporter at The Hill Times since the end of June 2011.
- lryckewaert@hilltimes.com


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