Zuckerberg to heading to European Union next Tuesday

The data of some 2.7 million European Facebook users and their friends may have been misused by Cambridge Analytica

The data of some 2.7 million European Facebook users and their friends may have been misused by Cambridge Analytica

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.

It is the latest development in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which saw the data of around 87m Facebook users worldwide collected by the firm.

Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to a private meeting behind the closed doors with a handful of European parliament's, carefully chosen members.

"Our citizens deserve a full and detailed explanation".

"I appreciate that Mark Zuckerberg has made a decision to present himself in front of the representatives of 500 million Europeans", he said.

In a statement, Facebook said that it welcomed the chance to meet MEPs and "appreciate the opportunity for dialogue, to listen to their views and show the steps we are taking to better protect people's privacy". He said that during the meeting, Zuckerberg will appear before the members of the LIBE committee and other relevant committees to carry out an in-depth analysis of various aspects related to personal data protection. Iran, Syria on agenda for Macron visit MORE (D-Del.) whether Bannon's goal "was to suppress voting or discourage certain individuals in the US from voting".

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

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

Even though his visit had been announced, it was left unclear exactly when Zuckerberg would visit the European Union legislature.

The social media service was roundly criticized after it became widely publicized that political consultant firm Cambridge Analytica accessed the personal data of some 87 million Facebook users without their consent.

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".

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

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.

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