Zuckerberg agrees to closed-door talks with MEPs

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       By Nines Olmo

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The committee has heard evidence from Cambridge Analytica whistle-blower Chris Wylie, and has been calling for representatives from the data consulting firm and Facebook to also come forward to speak in front of MPs.

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

President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani revealed Zuckerberg's Brussels stop in a press release on Wednesday. "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.

And that members of the public won't be able to form their own opinions about how Facebook's founder responds to pressing questions about what Zuckerberg's platform is doing to their privacy and their fundamental rights.

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

A spokesperson for Facebook told the Guardian newspaper that the company had accepted the "proposal to meet with leaders of the European parliament and appreciate [s] the opportunity for dialogue, to listen to their views and show the steps we are taking to better protect people's privacy".

The European Commission, the EU's executive agency, has used the scandal as an example of why its strict new privacy rules kicking in at the end of next week are justified.

Zuckerberg agrees to closed-door talks with MEPs

Zuckerberg will also be meeting with French president, Emmanuel Macron on 23 May.

The Information Commissioner's Office served notice to SCL Elections, Cambridge Analytica's parent, to provide the information it holds on David Carroll, saying failure to do so would be a criminal offence punishable by an unlimited fine.

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.

That's even though Facebook has admitted that of the 2.7 million European users who could be affected by the Cambridge Analytica scandal, over one million of them could be in the UK.

Parliament's media committee said Thursday that Alexander Nix had accepted a summons to appear June 6. While Nix has testified once to the committee, lawmakers want him to give further evidence - a request he had previously declined.

Zuckerberg has insisted he will only appear before a limited committee and in camera.

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