Zuckerberg to meet European Union officials _ dodging public grilling

Frederick Owens
May 18, 2018

"It's a step in the right direction towards restoring confidence". "It must be a public hearing - why not a Facebook Live?" tweeted Guy Verhofstadt, a Belgian politician who is also a Brexit negotiator on behalf of the European Parliament.

However, Zuckerberg has insisted that when he answers questions about how his platform impacts the privacy of hundreds of millions of European citizens - the entire discussion remain closed doors.

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".

"Given the deep mistrust caused by the scandal in Cambridge Analytica, this meeting should be public".

We are disappointed that Dominic Cummings has not responded positively to our requests for him to appear.

In addition, Facebook continues to snub United Kingdom parliamentary committee efforts to encourage him to agree to a United Kingdom hearing.

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Facebook CEO Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a U.S. Senate joint hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington Thomson Reuters BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will appear before members of the European Parliament to answer questions about the improper use of data of 87 million Facebook users by a political consultancy, the speaker of the legislature said on Wednesday. The committee will use the opportunity to address numerous inconsistencies in his previous evidence.

"Although Facebook says Mr Zuckerberg has no plans to travel to the United Kingdom, we would also be open to taking his evidence by video link, if that would be the only way to do this during the period of our inquiry".

"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.

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

"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". There is a lot more work to be done to find all the apps that may have misused people's Facebook data - and it will take time, we are investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible.

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