Zuckerberg accepts European Union parliament grilling over data scandal

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Facebook has confirmed that Zuckerberg will attend a meeting with European parliamentary members in Brussels.

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.

Mark Zuckerberg will appear before the European Parliament to discuss Facebook's use of personal data, weeks after declining to give evidence to UK Parliament.

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

Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to meet with European parliament in private on May 22 in Brussels.

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

"The founder and CEO of Facebook has accepted our invitation and will be in Brussels as soon as possible, hopefully already next week", he added.

"If Mark Zuckerberg truly recognises the "seriousness" of these issues, as they say they do, we would expect that he would want to appear in front of the Committee and answer questions that are of concern not only to Parliament, but Facebook's tens of millions of users in this country", he said.

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The committee tweeted that it remained open to Zuckerberg giving evidence via video link, or in person, adding: "Him not appearing before us is not just a snub to the DCMS committee, but more importantly a snub to the United Kingdom and the millions of Facebook users in the United Kingdom who deserve answers".

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

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

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

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

On 7 April 2018, Facebook suspended the myPersonalty app from the Facebook platform as part of its clean up of third party applications and its investigation into misuse of user data.

Damian Collins, the head of the United Kingdom parliament's media committee, has said he hopes Zuckerberg would take advantage of his trip to Europe next week to visit London and testify there as well.

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