European Parliament's closed-door hearing with Zuckerberg criticized

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"I welcome Mark Zuckerberg's decision to appear in person before the representatives of 500 million Europeans".

The conference of presidents, a governing body comprising the elected heads of the European Parliament's political groupings, has also made a decision to organise a hearing with Facebook, providing members of the LIBE committee to carry out an in-depth analysis of aspects related to personal data protection, with emphasis placed on its role in elections.

"Mark Zuckerberg's right-hand man, whom we were assured could represent his views, today failed to answer many specific and detailed questions about Facebook's business practices", committee chair Damian Collins said at the time.

"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's a step in the right direction towards restoring confidence".

Cambridge Analytica has denied doing paid work on the campaign for Brexit, and says its work on the Trump campaign did not use data at the centre of a Facebook scandal, where the details of around 87 million users were allegedly improperly obtained.

Facebook faces a barrage of public criticism over how the data of tens of millions of its users was abused, and concerns over whether it has moved rapidly enough to remove questionable content.

A similar United Kingdom committee has repeatedly requested that the Facebook CEO appear to discuss the issues, but on three separate occasions Zuckerburg declined, instead offering one of his executives.

The news comes a month after the parliament invited Zuckerberg to appear before three of the assembly's committees.

A spokesperson for Facebook confirmed Zuckerberg accepted the EU Parliament's invitation.

Mr Zuckerberg has ignored repeated calls to speak before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee as part of its investigation into data protection and fake news in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

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