Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Zuckerberg to meet European Union officials _ dodging public grilling

Zuckerberg to meet European Union officials _ dodging public grilling

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

Zuckerberg will meet leaders behind closed doors, something that's being slammed by Liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt on Twitter.

On Wednesday, EU Parliament President Antonio Tajani confirmed that Zuckerberg "will be in Brussels as soon as possible, hopefully already next week" and would meet with parliamentary leaders and an expert on civil liberties and justice.

But the decision to hold the meeting with the European Parliament behind closed doors has angered others.

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee said that Alexander Nix had accepted its summons.

That's even though Facebook has admitted that of the 2.7 million European users who could be affected by the Cambridge Analytica scandal, over one million of them could be in the UK.

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"There should be no double standards for the U.S. Congress and the European Parliament", - stated the co-Chairman of the faction "Greens - Free Alliance of Europe", Philippe Lamberts.

Zuckerberg's Brussels visit comes just days ahead when European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into play on May 25. It must be a public hearing, he says, "Why not a Facebook Live?" "It is a step in the right direction towards restoring confidence", he said.

"The Conference of Presidents has agreed that Mark Zuckerberg should come to clarify issues related to the use of personal data in a meeting with representatives of the European Parliament", Tajani said in a statement. While Nix has testified once to the committee, lawmakers want him to give further evidence - a request he had previously declined.

The world's largest social network has come under scrutiny over the way it handles personal data after revelations that British consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which worked on Donald Trump's 2016 presidential election campaign, improperly accessed the Facebook data of 87 million users.

But he will not appear before the British parliamentary committee investigating the matter, but rather has agreed to appear before the European parliament at a closed-door meeting.

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