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A request he’ll accept? Zuckerberg summoned by angry Israeli parliament

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The Israeli parliament has this week summoned Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to be a “guest of honor” following anger over Facebook users impersonating MP identities.

Knesset Member Moshe Gafni was surprised to recently discover a fake Facebook profile using his name.

After failing to contact social network’s management, he announced a public invitation to its founder and CEO to attend urgent discussion at Israeli parliament, Israel-based website Ynet news reported on Friday.

In the invitation to the Facebook founder, Gafni wrote: “To the distinguished Mr. Zuckerberg, I have the honor to invite you to the Israeli Knesset to take part in a comprehensive discussion about defending civil rights in the era of the Facebook social network.

“Several days ago, I discovered that an impostor had opened a Facebook profile using my name. I reported it, but the profile is still active… I am not just concerned about myself… I’m wondering how an ordinary citizen can protect himself from such mischief, which may harm him and his family… I ask you to come and take part in this serious discussion… I would be happy to see you as our guest of honor at the Knesset.”

Gafni told an Israeli newspaper on Thursday, “The fact that any citizen can open a Facebook page using my name or the name of another Knesset member or public representative is serious, but we will know what to do in order to defend ourselves.

“I don’t know if Zuckerberg will accept our request to attend the discussion, but we are public representatives cannot ignore the given situation, which can cause a great amount of damage to citizens.”

Ynet news estimated that Facebook will eventually send a representative to the committee, exempting Zuckerberg – a very busy man – from appearing before the Israeli lawmakers.