Zuckerberg Says Yes To EU Parliament Appearance, But No To UK

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Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to face a grilling from European Union lawmakers over how the data of as many as 2.7 million Europeans could have ended up in the hands of consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

"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.

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

"Our citizens deserve a full and detailed explanation", Tajani said in a statement posted on Twitter.

Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to a private meeting behind the closed doors with a handful of European parliament's, carefully chosen members. 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". Iran, Syria on agenda for Macron visit MORE (D-Del.) whether Bannon's goal "was to suppress voting or discourage certain individuals in the US from voting".

"I'm glad that mark Zuckerberg has accepted the invitation from the EP and come to Brussels to answer questions about privacy".

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However, there are some Parliamentary members who are unhappy that the meeting will be behind closed doors.

Zuckerberg's trip across the pond to visit Europe comes ahead of the implementation of the EU's data protection regulation. "It is a step in the right direction towards restoring confidence", he said.

The parliament will separately organize a hearing with Facebook representatives to examine data protection that will also look at the potential impact on the election process.

In a statement, Facebook said that it welcomed the chance to meet MEPs and "appreciate the opportunity for dialogue, to listen to their views and show the steps we are taking to better protect people's privacy".

On 7 April 2018, Facebook suspended the myPersonalty app from the Facebook platform as part of its clean up of third party applications and its investigation into misuse of user data.