Mark Zuckerberg to face European Union lawmakers in private

17 May, 2018, 21:51 | Author: Wade Massey
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"There are over 40 million Facebook users in the United Kingdom and they deserve to hear answers from Mark Zuckerberg about the company he created and whether it is able to keep its users' data safe".

This meeting, according to the European parliament president, Antonio Tajani, could happen as soon as next week.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to appear before the EU Parliament in a move that has upset British MPs.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to meet European Union parliamentarians in Brussels to give evidence about the company's use of personal data.

"Our citizens deserve a full and detailed explanation", he added. He had refused to appear before the committee last month, citing the ongoing investigation into the firm.

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Meanwhile, Facebook's head of public policy in the UK, Rebecca Stimson, wrote to Damian Collins MP, chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee, this week to confirm Zuckerberg "has no plans to meet with the committee or travel to the UK at present".

The media committee is investigating fake news, and is increasingly focused on the role of Cambridge Analytica and Facebook in the 2016 Brexit vote and in the election of U.S. President Donald Trump.

His concern and even frustration that the leadership of the EP agreed to hold a meeting behind closed doors, was expressed by a number of parliamentarians. Guy Verhofstadt, the liberal leader, announced he would boycott the meeting unless it was public, asking why it could not be streamed on Facebook Live.

Facebook, in an emailed statement, said it accepted the "proposal to meet with leaders of the European Parliament and appreciate the opportunity for dialog, to listen to their views and show the steps we are taking to better protect people's privacy". "I strongly regret that the @EPPGroup has colluded with extreme right to keep everything behind closed doors".

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on 25 May, and will allow any individual in Europe to ask a company for data held about them.

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