Mark Zuckerberg agrees to meeting with European Union officials in Brussels

The data of some 2.7 million European Facebook users and their friends may have been misused by Cambridge Analytica

The data of some 2.7 million European Facebook users and their friends may have been misused by Cambridge Analytica

"The founder and CEO of Facebook has accepted our invitation and will be in Brussels as soon as possible, hopefully already next week", Antonio Tajani, president of the European Parliament, said in a statement on Wednesday. "It is a step in the right direction towards restoring confidence".

"Our citizens deserve a full and detailed explanation".

Minutes for the meeting will be taken and a lower-level Facebook executive will face a public hearing with the Civil Liberties committee and other groups.

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.

"There should be no double standards for the U.S. Congress and the European Parliament", - stated the co-Chairman of the faction "Greens - Free Alliance of Europe", Philippe Lamberts. "The Committee will use the opportunity to address numerous inconsistencies in his previous evidence", Damian Collins, the committee's chairman, said in a statement.




Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to meet European Union parliamentarians in Brussels to give evidence about the company's use of personal data. Collins warned Zuckerberg last month that if he does not come voluntarily, he could be issued a formal summons, which would force him to appear before the parliament when he next enters the United Kingdom.

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

Mark Zuckerberg has been called out for agreeing to give evidence to the European Parliament despite repeated calls to front British MPs.

After Schroepfer faced a set of tough questions before on MPs' in place of Zuckerberg last month, Collins threatened to compel the Facebook CEO to appear before the committee, writing to Stimson: "It is worth noting that, while Mr Zuckerberg does not normally come under the jurisdiction of the UK Parliament, he will do so the next time he enters the country".

There seems to be no end to the Cambridge Analytica controversy for Facebook.

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