Zuckerberg to meet European Union officials _ dodging public grilling

WASHINGTON DC- APRIL 11 Facebook co-founder Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill

And according to an European Union parliament source, around half the groups wanted an open hearing with the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - with only a small majority of the Conference of Presidents agreeing to a closed meeting.

Christopher Wylie, the former director of research for Cambridge Analytica and its London-based affiliate company SCL Group, said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday that his company communicated with Russian firms and operatives that could have facilitated access to data from 87 million U.S. Facebook users.

Věra Jourová, the European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, said on her Twitter profile that she is glad to see Mark Zuckerberg accept this invitation but that it is pity it will not be a public hearing since many Europeans deserve to know exactly how their data is being handled. Iran, Syria on agenda for Macron visit MORE (D-Del.) whether Bannon's goal "was to suppress voting or discourage certain individuals in the USA from voting".

"The Conference of Presidents has 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", Antonio Tajani, president of the European Parliament, said in a statement.

However, there are some Parliamentary members who are unhappy that the meeting will be behind closed doors.

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He might get tougher questions in Brussels, where an assertive new European data protection law comes into effect on May 25. "It is a step in the right direction towards restoring confidence", he said. "It must be a public hearing - why not a Facebook Live?" tweeted Guy Verhofstadt, a Belgian politician who is also a Brexit negotiator on behalf of the European Parliament.

"I will not attend the meeting with Mr Zuckerberg if it's held behind closed doors".

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.

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie told Congress on Wednesday that the firm used by President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani says Federal Bureau of Investigation may have placed spy in Trump campaign Giuliani: There is "nothing illegal about looking for dirt on political opponents" Giuliani: If Mueller subpoenas us, we will challenge it MORE's campaign in 2016 engaged in "voter disengagement" tactics targeting black Americans.

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