Zuckerberg will meet with European parliament in private next week

WASHINGTON DC- APRIL 11 Facebook co-founder Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON DC- APRIL 11 Facebook co-founder Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill

The closed-door meeting with the Parliament's most senior deputies will anger European lawmakers who were hoping to give Mr Zuckerberg a grilling similar to his 10-hour interrogation in US Congress last month.

It is the latest development in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which saw the data of around 87m Facebook users worldwide collected by the firm. "The founder and CEO of Facebook has accepted our invitation and will be in Brussels as soon as possible, hopefully already next week, to meet the leaders of the political groups and the Chair and the Rapporteur of the Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)", Tajani said in a statement on Wednesday.

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

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.

But let's at least be thankful that Zuckerberg has shown us, once again, how very much privacy matters - to him personally...

Collins said in a statement that Facebook's responses "do not fully answer each point with sufficient detail or data evidence", and that the committee plans, again, to follow up with the company. Ime Archibong, Vice president of product partnership at Facebook said, "We suspended the myPersonality app nearly a month ago because we believe that it may have violated Facebook's policies, We are now investigating the app, and if myPersonality refuses to cooperate or fails our audit, we will ban it".

Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to meet with European parliament in private on May 22 in Brussels.

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.

However, Mark Zuckerberg is only set to attend a meeting behind closed doors, rather than face an open committee hearing.

Zuckerberg's trip across the pond to visit Europe comes ahead of the implementation of the EU's data protection regulation. "It must be a public hearing - why not a Facebook Live", he asked in a Tweet.

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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