May 1, 2018

Parliament threatens summons if Zuckerberg doesn't testify

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Parliament has issued an ultimatum to Facebook: make Mark Zuckerberg available to testify voluntarily in front of its Digital Culture Media and Sport Committee or face a summons next time he enters British territory, according to a letter Tuesday from committee chairman Damian Collins.

Why it matters: Facebook is facing heat from regulators in Europe who want Zuckerberg to answer questions about data privacy just as he did in the U.S. Facebook isn't commenting for the record, but a company official noted that its chief technology officer, Mike Schroepfer, already testified for five hours last week and said Facebook plans to answer the other questions the committee still has.

Yes, but: Collins' letter said he "failed to answer on nearly 40 separate points."

The back story: Europe has generally been more strict than the U.S. on data and privacy standards. In May, a sweeping privacy law called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect for all businesses with that collect data from European citizens. If Facebook doesn't meet those standards, it could get hit with punitive fines.

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U.S. cities crack down on protesters

The scene near the 5th police precinct during a demonstration calling for justice for George Floyd in Minneapolis on Saturday. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

Major U.S. cities have implemented curfews and called on National Guard to mobilize as thousands of demonstrators gather across the nation to continue protesting the death of George Floyd.

The state of play: Hundreds have already been arrested as tensions continue to rise between protesters and local governments. Protesters are setting police cars on fire as freeways remain blocked and windows are shattered, per the Washington Post. Law enforcement officials are using tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse crowds and send protesters home.

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George Floyd protests: What you need to know

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Clashes erupted between police and protesters in several major U.S. cities over Saturday night as demonstrations over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black men spread across the country.

The big picture: Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody is the latest reminder of the disparities between black and white communities in the U.S. and comes as African Americans grapple with higher death rates from the coronavirus and higher unemployment from trying to stem its spread.

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In photos: Protesters and police clash nationwide over George Floyd

A firework explodes behind a line of police officers next to the Colorado State Capitol during a protest over the death of George Floyd in Denver on May 30. Photo : Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

Police used tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray as the protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd continued nationwide into early Sunday.

The big picture: Police responded over the weekend with force, in cities ranging from Salt Lake City to Atlanta to Des Moines, Houston to Detroit, Milwaukee to Washington, D.C., Denver and Louisville. Large crowds gathered in Minneapolis on Saturday for the fifth day in a row.