Zuckerberg Agrees to Face EU Parliament over Facebook Data Use

Zuckerberg Agrees to Face EU Parliament over Facebook Data Use

Mark Zuckerberg will appear before the EU Parliament in person to answer questions about Facebook's use of data.

The hearing will "hopefully" take place as early as next week, according to Antonio Tajani, the president of the European Parliament.

Members of the European Parliament are set to grill Facebook's chief executive regarding the improper use of 87 million users' data by Cambridge Analytica.

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

Zuckerberg would meet party leaders as well as members of the EU Parliament's civil liberties committee as part of his evidence session.

Facebook told the EU that 2.7 million people in the bloc could have been affected by the data-sharing scandal involving Cambridge Analytica.

Although the scandal-hit Cambridge Analytica has since collapsed, regulators say they are continuing their investigation into the how the company harvested data from millions of Facebook users.

More than a million of these victims are believed to be in the UK, but Zuckerberg has so far refused to appear before British MPs.

Both he and Facebook have been consistently criticised by the the digital, culture, media, and sport committee for submitting "insufficient" evidence to an inquiry considering how the company handles British citizens' data.

Committee chair Damian Collins was in session when the announcement broke and was not immediately available for comment.

Zuckerberg is likely meet EU politicians in the same week as he attends a summit in France with President Emmanuel Macron.

President Macron's office has declared that he will meet Facebook's chief executive alongside more than a dozen others from leading technology firms at a summit in Paris designed to drive investment.

France's premiere has also signalled his intention to push for an EU-wide tax on digital turnover and has called for tougher laws to tackle fake news.

Source: Sky News