Zuckerberg will meet with European parliament in private next week

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We've reached out to Facebook to ask why Zuckerberg will not take European parliamentarians questions in a public hearing.

The whistle-blower who revealed how Cambridge Analytica harvested Facebook Inc. user data to target election ads said the company could have shared that information with Russian Federation.

A spokesperson for Facebook told the Guardian newspaper that the company had accepted the "proposal to meet with leaders of the European parliament and appreciate [s] the opportunity for dialogue, to listen to their views and show the steps we are taking to better protect people's privacy".

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

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. "There are more EU users on FB than there are in the US and Europeans deserve to know how their data is handled", Jourova said on Twitter.

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The news was confirmed today by the DCMS committee in a statement, which also said that it would be reporting Dominic Cummings of Vote Leave to the House over his refusal to appear on May 22. The meeting would take place "as soon as possible, hopefully. next week", Mr Tajani added.

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

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect on May 25, aims to give users more control over how their personal information is stored and used online, with big fines for firms that break the rules. "It's a step in the right direction towards restoring confidence". "It must be a public hearing - why not a Facebook Live?"

Zuckerberg instead made a decision to dispatch his chief technical officer, Mike Schroepfer, to appear before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee last month.

On 7 April 2018, Facebook suspended the myPersonalty app from the Facebook platform as part of its clean up of third party applications and its investigation into misuse of user data.

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