FACEBOOK founder has resisted requests from UK parliament to answer MPs’ questions in person
MARK Zuckerberg has agreed to appear before the European parliament at a closed-door meeting possibly as soon as next week, according to the parliament president, Antonio Tajani.
The Facebook founder’s decision to appear before MEPs will be seen as a snub to the UK parliament, where MPs have asked him to appear to explain the company’s role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal that led to a data breach affecting 50 million people.
“The founder and CEO of Facebook has accepted our invitation and will be in Brussels as soon as possible, hopefully already next week,” Tajani announced on Twitter on Wednesday. Our citizens deserve a full and detailed explanation. I welcome Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to appear in person before the representatives of 500 million Europeans.”
A source at the European parliament said Zuckerberg would appear in private meeting in front of leaders of political groups and the chair of the parliament’s justice and home affairs committee, the British Labour MEP Claude Moraes.
Next Wednesday the Facebook CEO will also meet the French president, Emmanuel Macron, in Paris, at a meeting with other tech CEOs.
The decision not to have a public hearing will disappoint MEPs. Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the liberal group, had said the Facebook founder must appear before the European parliament “under the same conditions as he did on Capitol Hill ... and not in one restricted meeting behind closed doors.”