Mark Zuckerberg to face 👀 European Parliament but resisting ✋ British lawmakers’ call to testify despite summons threat ⚠
Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to face questions from the European parliament – the Facebook founder's second appearance before legislators since the global data scandal engulfed the tech giant. In a move that is sure to upset UK parliamentarians, Zuckerberg has taken up an invitation to appear in Brussels before a select group of lawmakers and senior EU officials, according to the president of the European parliament Antonio Tajani.
"The founder and CEO of Facebook has accepted our invitation and will be in Brussels as soon as possible, hopefully already next week, to meet the leaders of the political groups and the Chair and the Rapporteur of the Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs," Tajani said.
A Facebook spokesperson confirmed Zuckerberg would meet with EU officials. Soon after news of the European trip broke, Reuters reported Zuckerberg would also be meeting with French president Emmanuel Macron in Paris on May 23.
Zuckerberg has repeatedly turned down appearing before the UK Commons Digital Culture, Media and Sport committee, which has threatened the tech billionaire with a summons to face questions.
Lawmakers in the U.K. want Zuckerberg to testify before them like he did before the U.S. Congress. But Facebook’s head of public policy, Rebecca Stimson, wrote them Tuesday, saying that Zuckerberg “has no plans to meet with the committee or travel to the UK at the present time.”
Stimson sent the letter to Damian Collins, chair of the Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, along with answers to the questions the committee sent after the testimony of Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer in late April. The committee’s questions went beyond the Cambridge Analytica case. They also asked about political ads, general privacy practices, fake accounts and more. The lawmakers were not satisfied with Schroepfer’s answers, and called on Zuckerberg to testify.
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