Mark Zuckerberg To Appear Before European Parliament

by Abel Hampton May 17, 2018, 1:17
Mark Zuckerberg To Appear Before European Parliament

"[We] appreciate the opportunity for dialogue, to listen to their views and show the steps we are taking to better protect people's privacy", the company said in a statement.

Tajani said: "The founder and chief executive of Facebook has accepted our invitation". "Our citizens deserve a full and detailed explanation", Tajani stated.

That suggests he will avoid an uncomfortable public appearance and instead meet only with the legislature's top brass behind closed doors.

The Parliament president called the meeting "a step in the right direction towards restoring confidence".

The UK parliament has also invited the Facebook CEO to answer questions.

The European Parliament does not have the legal power to summon anyone to attend a hearing.

Tajani also announced that the Parliament will hold a separate, public hearing in June on data protection and online platforms.

While Zuckerberg testified last month to the U.S. Congress, he had always been noncommittal on his appearance in Europe, sending his chief technical officer to speak to the British parliament and delaying confirmation of any visit to Brussels. That will be before the LIBE Committee and "other relevant committees".

New Scientist reports that "More than 6 million people completed the tests on the myPersonality app and almost half agreed to share data from their Facebook profiles with the project". Around 2.7 million of those users are based in the EU.

Facebook is in the middle of a massive app investigation and audit of its own, and recently announced that it has reviewed thousands of apps so far, and has suspended 200 of those apps for possible data misuse. myPersonality was reportedly suspended last month. Zuckerberg testified before the House of Representatives and the Senate in April. The Facebook CEO has not responded to the summons.

Stimson sent the letter to Damian Collins, chair of the Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, along with answers to the questions the committee sent after the testimony of Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer in late April.

Although the scandal-hit Cambridge Analytica has since collapsed, regulators in the United Kingdom say they are continuing their investigation into the how the company harvested data from millions of Facebook users.


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