Cambridge Analytica boss Alexander Nix to appear before MPs on 6 June

Yolanda Curtis
May 18, 2018

Mr Zuckerberg will be questioned by the chair of the European Parliament's justice and home affairs committee, Labour MEP Claude Moraes, and other MEPs in a session which will not be televised.

It is the latest development in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which saw the data of around 87m Facebook users worldwide collected by the firm.

Facebook, in an emailed statement, said it accepted the "proposal to meet with leaders of the European Parliament and appreciate the opportunity for dialog, to listen to their views and show the steps we are taking to better protect people's privacy".

And according to an European Union parliament source, around half the groups wanted an open hearing with the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - with only a small majority of the Conference of Presidents agreeing to a closed meeting.

However, Zuckerberg has insisted that when he answers questions about how his platform impacts the privacy of hundreds of millions of European citizens - the entire discussion remain closed doors.

And now Zuckerberg is to appear before the European Parliament, and has reportedly even agreed to meet with the French president, Emmanuel Macron, next Wednesday.

The committee said that Dominic Cummings, former campaign director Vote Leave, had refused to appear in front of lawmakers to discuss the campaign and its use of data.

The committee tweeted that it remained open to Zuckerberg giving evidence via video link, or in person, adding: "Him not appearing before us is not just a snub to the DCMS committee, but more importantly a snub to the United Kingdom and the millions of Facebook users in the United Kingdom who deserve answers".

Tajani added that Zuckerberg said he will come to Brussels to testify "as soon as possible", potentially within a week. "It must be a public hearing - why not a Facebook Live?" influential Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt wrote on Twitter.

The EU and British parliaments have been calling for Zuckerberg to appear before them for weeks ever since it emerged that a company, political consultants Cambridge Analytica, had been allowed to misuse the data of millions of Facebook users.

He might get tougher questions in Brussels, where an assertive new European data protection law comes into effect on May 25.

He said the appearance could be as early as next week, and would be "a step in the right direction to restore trust".

Parliament's media committee said Thursday that Alexander Nix had accepted a summons to appear June 6.

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