Face­book boss in pri­vacy plea

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FACE­BOOK boss Mark Zucker­berg an­gered EU of­fi­cials yes­ter­day by de­mand­ing his ques­tion­ing by MEPs should be be­hind closed doors.

The bil­lion­aire, pic­tured, is said to have in­sisted on the re­stric­tion af­ter agree­ing to ex­plain the data leak scan­dal en­gulf­ing his firm. But se­nior EU fig­ures said they would boy­cott the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment hear­ing next Tues­day un­less he an­swered ques­tions in pub­lic.

Zucker­berg, 34, re­fused a sim­i­lar in­vi­ta­tion from MPs in Bri­tain – but has agreed to meet French pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron on a visit to Europe next week.

The furore comes in the wake of the Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica data har­vest­ing scan­dal. Crit­ics yes­ter­day ac­cused the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment of ‘bow­ing’ to Zucker­berg’s de­mands. Guy Ver­hof­s­tadt, leader of the lib­eral group, in­sisted: ‘I will not at­tend the meet­ing with Mr Zucker­berg if it’s held be­hind closed doors.’

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