Zuckerberg to appear before EU Parliament, but snubs the United Kingdom - again

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Zuckerberg will meet leaders behind closed doors, something that's being slammed by Liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt on Twitter.

Facebook (FB +0.3%) CEO Mark Zuckerberg heads overseas to meet with the European Parliament on Tuesday evening, where he'll discuss the use of personal data of the company's European Union users.

Facebook faces a barrage of public criticism over how the data of tens of millions of its users was abused, and concerns over whether it has moved rapidly enough to remove questionable content.

Indeed, the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, of which Collins is chair, tweeted its disappointment for the citizens of the United Kingdom that had their Facebook data illegally harvested.

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

But the decision to hold the meeting with the European Parliament behind closed doors has angered others.

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Facebook "has been somewhat responsive during the controversy, but shareholders should continue to closely monitor data privacy issues", ISS says.

The meeting comes ahead of the enforcement of new European data protection regulations coming into force on May 25th. "It is a step in the right direction towards restoring confidence".

A spokesperson for Facebook confirmed Zuckerberg accepted the EU Parliament's invitation.

The revelations that the data of some 87 million Facebook users and their friends may have been misused by the consulting firm that worked on Donald Trump's United States presidential campaign, has been called a game changer in the world of data protection as regulators seek to raise awareness about how to secure information.

"We hope that he will respond positively to our request, but if not the Committee will resolve to issue a formal summons for him to appear when he is next in the United Kingdom". While Nix has testified once to the committee, lawmakers want him to give further evidence - a request he had previously declined.

Cambridge Analytica said it pitched to Leave.EU, a Brexit campaign group, but did not do any work for them after it missed out on the official campaign designation to Vote Leave, which is separately being investigated for possibly breaches of campaign finance rules.

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