Facebook's Zuckerberg to Meet With European Lawmakers

Social Networking Lifts Concerns About Data Misuse

The company came under scrutiny after reports that it had obtained Facebook users' information, saying it was for research but it was used for political purposes. The social network's normally press-averse CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, went into damage control mode, putting in a marathon appearance last month before multiple congressional committees and repeatedly apologizing for his company's handling of the situation.

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.

"Facebook knew about Cambridge Analytica's deeds since 2015", Wylie told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

New Scientist reports that "More than 6 million people completed the tests on the myPersonality app and almost half agreed to share data from their Facebook profiles with the project".

The timing of Zuckerberg's visit may coincide with the introduction of Europe's new sweeping data protection laws on May 25.

Yet the question of whether Zuckerberg should explain himself publicly remains a point of contention.




Tajani said that simply showing up to explain himself was already a good move.

In a tweet, Mr Tajani said: "Our citizens deserve a full and detailed explanation. It is a step in the right direction towards restoring confidence".

Cambridge Analytica was created around 2013, initially with a focus on US elections, with $15 million in backing from billionaire Republican donor Robert Mercer and a name chosen by future Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon, the New York Times has reported.

Meanwhile, Facebook announced that it would be notifying users via this website in case their data had been misused.

Mr Zuckerberg would meet party leaders and members of the parliament's civil liberties committee as part of his evidence session.

Zuckerberg has so far declined to appear, to the British lawmakers' annoyance. Zuckerberg was warned that, if he did not voluntarily attend a committee hearing, he was liable to face a formal summons to do so the next time he is in the UK.

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