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Facebook's Zuckerberg headed to Europe; ISS pulls support for 5 directors

18 May 2018
Facebook's Zuckerberg headed to Europe; ISS pulls support for 5 directors

And now Zuckerberg is to appear before the European Parliament, and has reportedly even agreed to meet with the French president, Emmanuel Macron, next Wednesday.

The social media service was roundly criticized after it became widely publicized that political consultant firm Cambridge Analytica accessed the personal data of some 87 million Facebook users without their consent. Many in the European Parliament had been calling for a public hearing.

Recent news reports have revealed that Facebook has been hit with another data scandal.

Tajani said: "Our citizens deserve a full and detailed explanation. There are more EU users on FB than there are in the US and Europeans deserve to know how their data is handled", Jourova said on Twitter.

A spokesperson for Facebook told the Guardian newspaper that the company had accepted the "proposal to meet with leaders of the European parliament and appreciate [s] the opportunity for dialogue, to listen to their views and show the steps we are taking to better protect people's privacy". 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".

Tajani added that Zuckerberg said he will come to Brussels to testify "as soon as possible", potentially within a week.

"I will not attend the meeting with Mr Zuckerberg if it's held behind closed doors", Verhofstadt tweeted.

Given Zuckerberg has thrice denied requests from United Kingdom lawmakers to take questions about his platform in a public hearing we can only assume the company made the CEO's appearance in front of European Union parliamentarians conditional on the meeting being closed.

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

British lawmakers investigating the use of Facebook users' data in political campaigns say the suspended head of the consultancy Cambridge Analytica has accepted a summons to appear before a committee.

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.