A Select Committee inquiry always produces a report full of recommendations to government. More than that, however, how organisations engage with the Committee can make or break reputations.
The work can impact on senior executives as well as organisations, taking valuable time, effort and resources. But there is no choice. Once in the sights of a Committee, they do not let go.
There is no reason why organisations cannot be challenging in their approach to a Select Committee. But the risks of doing so need to be carefully considered.
Here it appears that, in the eyes of the Committee chair at least, Facebook have failed to comply with the requests made to them. They will doubtless be asked to look again and when executives are called to appear before the Committee then they will be given a 'rough time'.
It is already clear that reputations are at stake unless drastic action is taken soon.
Facebook says its investigation into Russian attempts to influence the Brexit vote has determined the activity amounted to just three adverts. The Electoral Commission had asked the social-media giant for information on any meddling in the 2016 referendum.Facebook said it had looked into activity by Russian accounts.