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

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

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.

FACEBOOK chief Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to meet European Members of Parliament (MEPs) behind closed doors to answer questions in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a top official said on Wednesday.

"We have accepted the Council of President's proposal to meet with leaders of the European Parliament and appreciate the opportunity for dialogue, to listen to their views and show the steps we are taking to better protect people's privacy", a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.

Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg sold 389,585 shares of Facebook stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, April 27th.

The data which got exposed was highly sensitive and revealed the personal details of Facebook users like their results of psychological tests. The parliament will be interested in questioning Zuckerberg - who has already appeared before the US Congress - on what his company intends to do to come into line with the new rules.

Yet the question of whether Zuckerberg should explain himself publicly remains a point of contention.

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The appearance will take place in closed session, behind closed doors, much to the chagrin of Guy Verhofstadt, former Belgian PM and leader of the parliament's liberal faction.

As Vera Jourova, the European commissioner for justice and consumers, put it in a tweet, it's a pity the Facebook founder does not believe all Europeans deserve to know how their data is handled by his company.

On Monday, Zuckerberg will also attend a meeting organized by French President Emmanuel Macron aimed at pressuring tech giants to use their global influence for public good.

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

"We hope that he will respond positively to our request, but if not the Committee will resolve to issue a formal summons for him to appear when he is next in the United Kingdom".

"It is disappointing that a company with the resources of Facebook chooses not to provide a sufficient level of detail and transparency on various points including on Cambridge Analytica, dark ads, Facebook Connect, the amount spent by Russian Federation on United Kingdom ads on the platform, data collection across the web, budgets for investigations, and that shows general discrepancies between Schroepfer and Zuckerberg's respective testimonies", committee chair and Conservative MP Damian Collins said in a statement.