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Zuckerberg to appear before EU Parliament, but snubs the United Kingdom - again

18 May 2018, 11:24 | Jodi Jackson

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg answers questions

WASHINGTON DC- APRIL 11 Facebook co-founder Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill

Mark Zuckerberg has been called out for agreeing to give evidence to the European Parliament despite repeated calls to front British MPs.

The private, closed-door meeting will likely focus on how Facebook handles its users' data.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is expected to speak with leaders of the European parliament next week about the data protection scandal that has engulfed his company — but might avoid a public testimony like the one he endured in the U.S. The other half of the Parliament wanted the Facebook's founder to publically answer the questions in front of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.

"Our citizens deserve a full and detailed explanation", Tajani added.

As previously reported "FACTS", on Wednesday, the speaker of the EP, Antonio Tania reported that Zuckerberg accepted the invitation to come in the EP. Meeting due to the fact that, according to the newspaper The New York Times, collaborated with the President of the United States Donald trump during the election campaign, the firm Cambridge Analytica illegally obtained data, more than 87 million users of Facebook.

Zuckerberg's already gone before the US Congress.

Zuckerberg did agree to public sessions with U.S. lawmakers last month, following a major global privacy scandal related to user data and political ad targeting.


"I will not attend the meeting with Mr Zuckerberg if it's held behind closed doors".

The revelations that the data of some 87 million Facebook users and their friends may have been misused by the consulting firm that worked on Donald Trump's USA presidential campaign, has been called a game changer in the world of data protection as regulators seek to raise awareness about how to secure information. "It must be a public hearing - why not a Facebook Live?" influential Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt wrote on Twitter.

Zuckerberg's Brussels visit comes just days ahead when European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into play on May 25.

He said the appearance could be as early as next week, and would be "a step in the right direction to restore trust".

Cambridge says none of the Facebook data was used in the Trump campaign, and Facebook is investigating.

In a statement, Facebook said that it welcomed the chance to meet MEPs and "appreciate the opportunity for dialogue, to listen to their views and show the steps we are taking to better protect people's privacy".



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