Zuckerberg to appear before European Union after snubbing United Kingdom commitee

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". The hearings in the European Parliament with the participation of the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, will pass in the closed mode.

Indeed, the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, of which Collins is chair, tweeted its disappointment for the citizens of the United Kingdom that had their Facebook data illegally harvested.

European Parliament president Antonio Tajani on Wednesday said Zuckerberg had accepted the EU institution's invitation to travel across the Atlantic and face lawmakers in person as soon as next week.

But the decision to hold the meeting with the European Parliament behind closed doors has angered others. "It must be a public hearing - why not a Facebook Live?"

"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".

Mark Zuckerberg will meet with European Union politicians to discuss Cambridge Analytica and data protection.

Zuckerberg's already gone before the US Congress.

Zuckerberg's trip across the pond to visit Europe comes ahead of the implementation of the EU's data protection regulation. "It is a step in the right direction towards restoring confidence", he said.

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.

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.

This after revelations that political consultancy Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed details of millions of Facebook users. Cambridge says none of the Facebook data was used in the Trump campaign, and Facebook is investigating.



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