Zucker­berg agrees to closed talks with MEPs

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BRUS­SELS — Face­book chief Mark Zucker­berg has agreed to meet Euro­pean Par­lia­ment mem­bers be­hind closed-doors to an­swer ques­tions in the wake of the Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica scan­dal, a top of­fi­cial said on Wed­nes­day.

Se­nior law­mak­ers have “agreed that Mark Zucker­berg should come to clar­ify issues re­lated to the use of per­sonal data in a meet­ing with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment,” the par­lia­ment’s leader An­to­nio Ta­jani said in a state­ment.

The meet­ing would take place “as soon as pos­si­ble, hope­fully al­ready next week,” Ta­jani said.

The closed-door meet­ing with the par­lia­ment’s most se­nior deputies will anger Euro­pean law­mak­ers who were hop­ing to give Zucker­berg a grilling sim­i­lar to his 10-hour in­ter­ro­ga­tion in US Congress last month.

“I will not at­tend the meet­ing with Mr Zucker­berg if it’s held be­hind closed doors. It must be a pub­lic hear­ing - why not a Face­book Live?” in­flu­en­tial Bel­gian MEP Guy Ver­hof­s­tadt wrote on Twit­ter.

“Given the deep dis­trust caused by the Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica scan­dal, this meet­ing must be pub­lic,” said Philippe Lam­berts and Ska Keller, the heads of the Greens bloc in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment.

‘A proper an­swer’

Zucker­berg is also con­firmed to visit French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron in Paris on May 23, along with other tech lead­ers, ac­cord­ing to the French pres­i­dency.

Ta­jani had in­vited Zucker­berg, say­ing the 2.7 mil­lion EU cit­i­zens af­fected by the data shar­ing scan­dal de­served a full ex­pla­na­tion.

In a state­ment Face­book said it wel­comed the chance to meet MEPs and “ap­pre­ci­ate the op­por­tu­nity for di­a­logue, to lis­ten to their views and show the steps we are tak­ing to bet­ter pro­tect peo­ple’s pri­vacy”. —AFP

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