Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Zuckerberg to heading to European Union next Tuesday

Zuckerberg to heading to European Union next Tuesday

The ex-boss of Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that closed down after being involved in a scandal about the improper use of the data of millions of Facebook users, will appear in front of British lawmakers on June 6. Iran, Syria on agenda for Macron visit MORE (D-Del.) whether Bannon's goal "was to suppress voting or discourage certain individuals in the USA from voting".

However, there are some Parliamentary members who are unhappy that the meeting will be behind closed doors.

The data which got exposed was highly sensitive and revealed the personal details of Facebook users like their results of psychological tests.

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

The news has been confirmed by the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, who in a statement shared on Twitter said that Zuckerberg could appear before the European Parliament as soon as next week.

Yet the question of whether Zuckerberg should explain himself publicly remains a point of contention.

Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová was admonished by Tajani when she said it was a pity the hearing would not be public.

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Tajani said that simply showing up to explain himself was already a good move.

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

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

On Monday, Zuckerberg will also attend a meeting organized by French President Emmanuel Macron aimed at pressuring tech giants to use their global influence for public good. Although the data firm was working on behalf of President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, it was able to sweep up information on about 2.7 million European residents too, according to statements from the European Commission.

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

After Schroepfer faced a set of tough questions before on MPs' in place of Zuckerberg last month, Collins threatened to compel the Facebook CEO to appear before the committee, writing to Stimson: "It is worth noting that, while Mr Zuckerberg does not normally come under the jurisdiction of the UK Parliament, he will do so the next time he enters the country".

Zuckerberg has so far declined to appear, to the British lawmakers' annoyance.

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