Zuckerberg Says Yes To EU Parliament Appearance, But No To UK

Ceria Alfonso
May 18, 2018

European Parliament president Antonio Tajani confirmed the Facebook founder and CEO will be in Brussels "as soon as possible, hopefully already next week" to meet the leaders of political groups and the chair and the Rapporteur of the Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE).

"Our citizens deserve a full and detailed explanation", Tajani said in a statement posted on Twitter. "I welcome Mark Zuckerberg's decision to appear in person before the representatives of 500 million Europeans".

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Last month, Zuckerberg agreed to public sessions with US lawmakers, following a major global privacy scandal related to user data and political ad targeting. "The Committee will use the opportunity to address numerous inconsistencies in his previous evidence", Damian Collins, the committee's chairman, said in a statement.

However, Mark Zuckerberg is only set to attend a meeting behind closed doors, rather than face an open committee hearing.

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Collins added: "Following reports that he will be giving evidence to the European Parliament in May, we would like Mr Zuckerberg to come to London during his European trip".

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

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

British lawmakers investigating the use of Facebook users' data in political campaigns say the suspended head of the consultancy Cambridge Analytica has accepted a summons to appear before a committee.

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