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DA looks to have Facebook summoned to Parliament

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The DA has stated its intention to have Facebook summoned to Parliament to account for several matters, such as its role in misinformation and digital privacy.

The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Phumzile Van Damme penned a statement on Monday, 15 February 2021, stating the party’s intention to summon Facebook to Parliament. This follows the social media platform’s recent change in its privacy policy, as well as its alleged role in misinformation. Additionally, Facebook owns WhatsApp, therefore, the company may need to account for issues relating to that platform too.

The DA noted, “The reason for summoning Facebook – which has an office in Johannesburg – is with the view of ascertaining what steps the tech giant will be taking in tackling harmful misinformation. The spread of COVID-related misinformation primarily through Facebook and WhatsApp – a company owned by Facebook – highlights the need for Parliament to take an active role in curbing misinformation.”

Moreover, the statement stressed the need to see progress in the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) propagated by the state. The statement claimed that despite actively championing 4IR, the work to actually advance digitization in the country is believed to still be moving slowly.

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