Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

European Parliament's closed-door hearing with Zuckerberg criticized

European Parliament's closed-door hearing with Zuckerberg criticized

"I appreciate that Mark Zuckerberg has made a decision to present himself in front of the representatives of 500 million Europeans", he said.

Meanwhile, Facebook's head of public policy in the UK, Rebecca Stimson, wrote to Damian Collins MP, chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee, this week to confirm Zuckerberg "has no plans to meet with the committee or travel to the UK at present".

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg will attend a behind-closed-doors session at the European parliament, possibly as early as next week.

That's even though Facebook has admitted that of the 2.7 million European users who could be affected by the Cambridge Analytica scandal, over one million of them could be in the UK.

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Zuckerberg's already gone before the US Congress.

The meeting comes ahead of the enforcement of new European data protection regulations coming into force on May 25th. "It must be a public hearing - why not a Facebook Live?" "It's a step in the right direction towards restoring confidence".

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

This meeting, according to the European parliament president, Antonio Tajani, could happen as soon as next week.

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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.

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.

"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.

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