Members of the U.K. Parliament grill American tech giants over the spread of fake news.

Eleven members of parliament from the United Kingdom journeyed to a large ballroom in Washington D.C. Thursday to learn about fake news from three U.S. social media giants, Google, Facebook and Twitter. The meeting was unusual — the official parliamentary session was the first time a House of Commons committee broadcast a public hearing live from outside the United Kingdom. And it wasn't exactly cordial.

“Why has your self regulation so demonstrably failed and how many chances do you need?” Julian Knight, one of the British lawmakers, pointedly asked a Google executive, in a question that seemed to characterize the nearly four-hour exchange at George Washington University.

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