Latest in Gear

Image credit: Chesnot via Getty Images

Russian politicians want a piece of Mark Zuckerberg, too

He’ll be invited to speak before the country's upper chamber of parliament.
215 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Chesnot via Getty Images

Mark Zuckerberg has testified before Congress and the European Parliament and now Russia is calling for the Facebook CEO to address its politicians as well. The Moscow Times reports that Senator Anton Belyakov suggested the invite, who, pointing to President Putin's calls to "digitize the economy," said, "I am absolutely confident that this is a person who has ideas to share and who is looking to the future." In regards to that effort, Belyakov noted that Zuckerberg had touched on the topic in his earlier testimonies. "After all, he spoke about information security, not giving access to personal data, preventing the dissemination of harmful content," said Belyakov.

Of course, Russia was a common thread throughout Zuckerberg's meetings with US politicians and the CEO told the European Parliament that Facebook was "too slow to identify Russian interference" during the US presidential election. If Zuckerberg decides to appear before Russia's upper chamber of parliament -- and that's a big if -- he would likely be asked to revisit his comments on Russia. One senator suggested Zuckerberg shouldn't be invited at all because he was Russophobic, but Speaker Valentina Matvienko said, "We have to meet with Russophobes too. Why shouldn't the Federation Council enter into dialogue and ask him about his Russophobic statements?"

The state-owned Russian news agency TASS reported that Matvienko found the proposal to invite Zuckerberg "noteworthy." "Whether he will be able to come or not is a secondary issue, but I would support a proposal to invite him to one of our sessions," she said. "I issued an order, we sent an invitation and will try to organize his arrival." UK politicians have requested the Facebook CEO's presence as well, but he has rebuffed their invitations multiple times.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
215 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

The 2019 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

The 2019 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

View
Alphabet's rebooted robotics program starts with trash-sorting machines

Alphabet's rebooted robotics program starts with trash-sorting machines

View
Watch Al Pacino hunt Nazis in Jordan Peele's upcoming Amazon series

Watch Al Pacino hunt Nazis in Jordan Peele's upcoming Amazon series

View
AT&T will bring real 5G to millions of customers this year

AT&T will bring real 5G to millions of customers this year

View
Tesla's electric ATV matches well with the Cybertruck

Tesla's electric ATV matches well with the Cybertruck

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr