Rebecca Stimson, the head of policy for Facebook UK, told the committee in a letter on Monday that Zuckerberg “has no plans to meet with the committee or travel to the UK at the present time.”
Mark Zuckerberg Confirms Special Counsel Team Has Interviewed Facebook Staff in Russia Probe Separately, the parliament will organize a series of committee hearings with Facebook and other tech companies. Facebook said Cambridge Analytica, a data firm connected to President Donald Trump’s campaign, had access to information on about 87 million Facebook users without their knowledge. Related StoryMark Zuckerberg Finishes Nearly 10 Hours of Questions From Almost 100 Lawmakers
Tajani said Zuckerberg had agreed to meet members of the European Parliament that lead its political groups, as well as lawmakers from its justice committee. Related StoryMark Zuckerberg Apologizes for Mistakes That Led to Cambridge Analytica Scandal During Testimony
The timing of Zuckerberg’s visit may coincide with the introduction of Europe’s new sweeping data protection laws on May 25. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the F8 Facebook Developers conference on May 1, 2018, in San Jose. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Mark Zuckerberg to Discuss Facebook’s Use of Personal Data With Senior Members of European Parliament
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the F8 Facebook Developers conference on May 1, 2018, in San Jose. The UK parliament has also invited the Facebook CEO to answer questions. Its media committee even threatened to issue an official summons when Zuckerberg next enters the country, but he’s still refusing to attend. Antonio Tajani, the parliament’s president, said in a statement that the Facebook CEO would travel to Brussels to meet representatives of the parliament “hopefully” as soon as next week. Zuckerberg testified before the US House of Representatives and the Senate in April. “I welcome Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to appear in person before the representatives of 500 million Europeans. Facebook has been under scrutiny on both sides of the Atlantic in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Around 2.7 million of these users were European residents, according to the European Commission. “[We] appreciate the opportunity for dialogue, to listen to their views and show the steps we are taking to better protect people’s privacy,” the company said in a statement. It is a step in the right direction towards restoring confidence,” Tajani said in the statement posted on his official Twitter account. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires companies to give European citizens greater control over their personal data.