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Facebook's Zuckerberg to appear at European Parliament: speaker

18 May 2018

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

The EU and British parliaments have been calling for Zuckerberg to appear before them for weeks ever since it emerged that a company, political consultants Cambridge Analytica, had been allowed to misuse the data of millions of Facebook users. The hearings in the European Parliament with the participation of the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, will pass in the closed mode.

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

Zuckerberg did agree to public sessions with USA lawmakers last month, following a major global privacy scandal related to user data and political ad targeting.

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"The Conference of Presidents has agreed that Mark Zuckerberg should come to clarify issues related to the use of personal data in a meeting with representatives of the European Parliament", Tajani said in a statement.

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

Mr Zuckerberg, who has repeatedly apologised for the massive data breach, told the US Congress in April that the more stringent European Union rules could serve as a rough model globally.

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

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The parliament will separately organize a hearing with Facebook representatives to examine data protection that will also look at the potential impact on the election process.

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

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

Boss of Cambridge Analytica Alexander Nix has accepted a summons from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), and will appear in front of its committee on Wednesday 6 June.

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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".

Facebook's Zuckerberg to appear at European Parliament: speaker