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Facebook's Zuckerberg to appear at European Parliament: speaker

Facebook's Zuckerberg to appear at European Parliament: speaker

"If Mark Zuckerberg truly recognises the "seriousness" of these issues, as they say they do, we would expect that he would want to appear in front of the Committee and answer questions that are of concern not only to Parliament, but Facebook's tens of millions of users in this country", he said.

Responding to calls for transparency after the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, Facebook yesterday said those closures came on top of blocking millions of attempts to create fake accounts every day. The social networking company reported $1.69 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts' consensus estimates of $1.25 by $0.44.

"Facebook users deserve a proper answer to what has happened to their data".

He might get tougher questions in Brussels, where an assertive new European data protection law comes into effect on May 25.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to appear before the EU Parliament in a move that has upset British MPs.

Yet the question of whether Zuckerberg should explain himself publicly remains a point of contention.

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

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Tajani said that simply showing up to explain himself was already a good move.

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".

Mr Tajani had invited Mr Zuckerberg, saying that the 2.7 million European Union citizens affected by the data sharing scandal deserved a full explanation.

On Monday, Zuckerberg will also attend a meeting organized by French President Emmanuel Macron aimed at pressuring tech giants to use their global influence for public good.

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

But he will not appear before the British parliamentary committee investigating the matter, but rather has agreed to appear before the European parliament at a closed-door meeting.

"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". He said that during the meeting, Zuckerberg will appear before the members of the LIBE committee and other relevant committees to carry out an in-depth analysis of various aspects related to personal data protection.