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EU: Zuckerberg to meet with EU Parliament over use of data

 |  May 16, 2018


Mark Zuckerberg will appear before the EU Parliament in person to answer questions about Facebook’s use of data, reported the New York Times.

The hearing will “hopefully” take place as early as next week, according to Antonio Tajani, the president of the European Parliament. EU politicians are set to grill Facebook’s chief executive regarding the improper use of 87 million users’ data by Cambridge Analytica.

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

“Our citizens deserve a full and detailed explanation,” the European Parliament’s president, Antonio Tajani, said in a statement posted on Twitter. “I welcome Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to appear in person.” Mr. Tajani added, “It is a step in the right direction toward restoring confidence.”

A Facebook spokesman confirmed in a statement that Mr. Zuckerberg would meet with European lawmakers.

“We have accepted the Council of President’s proposal to meet with leaders of the European Parliament and appreciate the opportunity for dialogue, to listen to their views and show the steps we are taking to better protect people’s privacy,” the statement said.

Full Content: New York Times

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