Facebook founder to meet European Union parliament, but privately

Cambridge Analytica boss Alexander Nix to appear before MPs on 6 June

Mr Zuckerberg will be questioned by the chair of the European Parliament's justice and home affairs committee, Labour MEP Claude Moraes, and other MEPs in a session which will not be televised.

The private, closed-door meeting will likely focus on how Facebook handles its users' data.

"Our citizens deserve a full and detailed explanation", Tajani said in a statement posted on Twitter.

"I appreciate that Mark Zuckerberg has chose to present himself in front of the representatives of 500 million Europeans", he said.

Damian Collins, the head of the United Kingdom parliament's media committee, has said he hopes Zuckerberg would take advantage of his trip to Europe next week to visit London and testify there as well.

Zuckerberg did agree to public sessions with USA lawmakers last month, following a major global privacy scandal related to user data and political ad targeting. "The Committee will use the opportunity to address numerous inconsistencies in his previous evidence", Damian Collins, the committee's chairman, said in a statement.

"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.

Cambridge Analytica boss Alexander Nix to appear before MPs on 6 June

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

However, Mark Zuckerberg is only set to attend a meeting behind closed doors, rather than face an open committee hearing.

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

Further, the nod to speaking with European Union lawmakers comes at a time when Zuckerberg has thrice denied requests from United Kingdom lawmakers, to take questions about his platform in a public hearing.

Cambridge Analytica has denied doing paid work on the campaign for Brexit, and says its work on the Trump campaign did not use data at the centre of a Facebook scandal, where the details of around 87 million users were allegedly improperly obtained.

"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".

BJP misusing government machinery since they came to power: Mayawati
The Congress won 78 seats in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly Election 2018 while the JD (S) bagged 37. Late last night, Congress and JD (S) challenged Karnataka Governor Vajubhai R.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Which one is it? Yanny or Laurel?
According to Wired , the original recording was done by an unnamed opera singer for Vocabulary.com in 2007. Check it out here and find out what you hear here.

WHO says Congo faces "very high" risk from Ebola outbreak
The vaccine, from pharmaceutical firm Merck, is unlicensed but was effective in limited trials during the West Africa outbreak. This is the ninth Ebola outbreak in Congo since 1976, when the deadly disease was first identified.

Public's help sought to locate missing child
Jessica (left) and William (right) Ray allegedly kidnapped their two-year-old daughter a month ago and are still on the run. The Rays were spotted in North Carolina and Kentucky prior to their sighting in Iowa.

Possible Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars Film Details Emerge
Kasdan, the revered writer of The Empire Strike Back and The Return of the Jedi , did not. Before we go any further, we need to know if we can trust these reports from TMZ .

Congress protests as Yeddyurappa is sworn in as Karnataka CM
Sources in the Congress and BJP say that they have suggested candidates for Speaker, whose names will be sent to the Governor. Yeddyurappa took an oath in Kannada expressing confidence that majority will be proved before the stipulated time period.

Salah's boots on display at the British Museum
The Egypt worldwide has impressed this season, winning the Premier League golden boot with a record 32 goals. Once Salah completes his campaign with Liverpool, he'll lead Egypt to Russian Federation in the World Cup.

Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan agree to dam filling studies
According to Egyptian local media, the country depends on water from the Nile water for drinking and irrigation purposes. Ethiopia has stressed that it does not intend to harm Egypt, and "that Egypt's share [of water] will not be affected".

Grey's Anatomy Season 14 Finale Spoilers Roundup
Teddy seemed super interested, and that's probably because she wants to be close to Owen, who may or may not be her baby daddy. Additionally, another reconciliation was hinted at when Arizona admitted to smiling whenever she reads a text from Callie.

Body of missing teenager Anastasia Kriegel found in disused farmhouse
Superintendent John Gordon from Lucan Garda Station said they're treating the discovery as suspicious. When last seen she was wearing a black hoodie with white writing, black bottoms and black runners.

China Urges North Korea to Proceed with Trump Summit amid Threats
Bush administration is a model for US policy on North Korea. "The president is ready if the meeting takes place". Since the summit meeting was first announced , hopes have been high that North Korea would utterly capitulate.

Mobileye lands supply deal for 8M European cars
Autonomous ride-hailing vehicles, often referred to as robo-taxis, might start operating around 2021. Neither financial terms, nor the name of the European carmaker, were disclosed.

Hartford officer stabbed in neck; suspect charged with attempted murder
During an earlier news conference at Hartford Hospital, officials said she had undergone surgery, according to the Courant. Dan Malloy also tweeted saying, "Our prayers are with the HPD officer who was injured in the line of duty this morning".

Alec Baldwin, 60, welcomes fourth baby in four years
Along with the new baby, he and Hilaria share three young children: Carmen, 4; Rafael, 2; and 1-year-old Leonardo. Alec is also dad to 22-year-old model daughter Ireland from his first marriage to Kim Basinger .

Student, teacher killed, 43 injured in United States bus crash
The collision between the bus and dump truck caused the school bus to rip apart, tearing off the front end and undercarriage. There is no federal requirement for seat belts on full-sized school buses, but six states including New Jersey require them.

Yeddyurappa sworn in 23rd CM of Karnataka
The party has also managed to substantially improve its seat count and vote share from the 2013 assembly election. Janata Dal (Secular) accepted "unconditional" support from Congress, which was once a bitter foe.

Other news