Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Zuckerberg to appear before European Union after snubbing United Kingdom commitee

Zuckerberg to appear before European Union after snubbing United Kingdom commitee

"Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO and founder, has accepted our invitation", Tajani wrote in a tweet.

"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".

The Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament will meet on May 22 with Zuckerberg to discuss the use of personal data of Facebook users, after which Tajani will inform media of the discussions.

A DCMS committee spokesperson confirmed no formal summons has been issued to Zuckerberg to date, although Vote Leave campaign director Dominic Cummings, and former Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix - both embroiled in the burgeoning scandal over the alleged misuse of data in political campaigns - were subject to formal summons.

Tajani said: "Our citizens deserve a full and detailed explanation".

Earlier this week the Committee lamented Schroepfer's testimony, saying that the USA social network has continued to leave "significant gaps" in answers it has provided to British MPs.

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He will also meet with French president Emmanuel Macron - news that will be especially bitter for UK MPs, with whom Zuckerberg is still refusing to meet.

But the decision to hold the meeting with the European Parliament behind closed doors has angered others. "I strongly regret that the @EPPGroup has colluded with extreme right to keep everything behind closed doors". "It must be a public hearing - why not a Facebook Live?" tweeted Guy Verhofstadt, a Belgian politician who is also a Brexit negotiator on behalf of the European Parliament.

Facebook shares closed lower in the US Wednesday, as the social media platform's CEO agreed to a meeting with European Union parliamentary members.

Zuckerberg's trip across the pond to visit Europe comes ahead of the implementation of the EU's data protection regulation.

Committee chair Damian Collins MP said it was "disappointing" that Facebook had not answered questions with a "sufficient level of detail and transparency".

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