Zuckerberg Says Yes To EU Parliament Appearance, But No To UK

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

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg answers questions

"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", Tajani said in a statement. Where no one except a handful of carefully chosen MEPs will bear witness to what's said.

The meeting is set to take place in Brussels on May 22 at 17.45CET. He said it was not her job to control or criticise the decisions reached by the European Parliament, according to Politico.

It's just a shame that journalists are being blocked from being able to report on what actually goes on in the room.

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

Because the doors are being closed to journalists and citizens. "Particular emphasis will be placed on the potential impact on the electoral process in Europe", he added in the post.

"Although Facebook says Mr Zuckerberg has no plans to travel to the United Kingdom, we would also be open to taking his evidence by video link, if that would be the only way to do this during the period of our inquiry", committee chairman, Damian Collins writes in a letter to Facebook.

While Zuckerberg testified last month to the U.S. Congress, he had always been noncommittal on his appearance in Europe, sending his chief technical officer to speak to the British parliament and delaying confirmation of any visit to Brussels.

The closed-door meeting with the Parliament's most senior deputies will anger European lawmakers who were hoping to give Mr Zuckerberg a grilling similar to his 10-hour interrogation in US Congress last month. Archibong said in a blog post that the company will further investigate all the apps and Facebook also plans to notify users of how exactly their data was infected if any evidence of abuse is found. And indeed whether Mark can find the time to hop on a train to London afterwards to testify before the DCMS committee's enquiry into online disinformation - and will update this story with any response.

A pity or, well, a shame. The other half of the Parliament wanted the Facebook's founder to publically answer the questions in front of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.

But let's at least be thankful that Zuckerberg has shown us, once again, how very much privacy matters - to him personally...

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