NEWS21 May 2018

EU parliament to livestream Zuckerberg meeting

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US & EUROPE – Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance before the European parliament this week will be streamed online.

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The president of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, confirmed that the closed-door meeting with lawmakers in Brussels would be made public.

Tajani said: “I have personally discussed with Facebook CEO Mr Zuckerberg the possibility of webstreaming meeting with him. I am glad to announce that he has accepted this new request. Great news for EU citizens.”

It was confirmed last week that Zuckerberg would meet with MEPs to clarify issues relating to the use of personal data, following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. However, news that the meeting would be held behind closed doors prompted criticism from politicians and the public.

The meeting will start at 6.15pm CEST tomorrow, 22 May.

Meanwhile, Zuckerberg has so far declined the invitation to travel to the UK to meet with the parliamentary committee investigating the alleged misuse of data.