The Facebook CEO is going abroad.
Update: Zuckerberg’s hearing is set. The Facebook CEO will appear before the European Parliament on Tuesday, May 22, at 6:15 pm local time in Brussels, 9:15 am PT back in California.
The meeting format has changed as well. Zuckerberg will now answer questions on a video livestream, according to a tweet from European Parliament President Antonio Tajani.
“We’re looking forward to the meeting and happy for it to be livestreamed,” a Facebook spokesperson said.
I have personally discussed with Facebook CEO Mr Zuckerberg the possibilty of webstreaming meeting with him. I am glad to announce that he has accepted this new request. Great news for EU citizens. I thank him for the respect shown towards EP. Meeting tomorrow from 18:15 to 19:30
— Antonio Tajani (@EP_President) May 21, 2018
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg isn’t done answering questions about Cambridge Analytica.
Zuckerberg, who already testified about Facebook’s data practices and policies before almost a hundred U.S. lawmakers over two days in April, will go to Brussels to take questions from members of European Parliament, the EU’s governing body.
Unlike his trip to Washington, D.C., this meeting is just that — a private, closed-door meeting without press, not a public hearing — which probably means that it won’t be a public spectacle in the way Zuckerberg’s congressional testimonies were. It’s possible that a public hearing with EU regulators could happen down the line.
“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 the representatives of European Parliament,” wrote Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, on Twitter. “Our citizens deserve a full and detailed explanation.”
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO and founder, has accepted our invitation. He will come to the European Parliament. My full statement ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/FdmuDPl8Wb
— Antonio Tajani (@EP_President) May 16, 2018
“We have accepted the Council of President’s proposal to meet with leaders of the European Parliament and appreciate the opportunity for dialogue, to listen to their views and show the steps we are taking to better protect people’s privacy,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.
It’s not yet known when Zuckerberg will make the trip, but Tajani said it will be “as soon as possible, hopefully already next week.”
It’s worth remembering that Zuckerberg has turned down multiple invitations to answer questions before U.K. regulators, opting instead to go with a broader meeting of leaders from numerous European countries.
It’s probably safe to assume that Zuckerberg will face a lot of questions about GDPR, Europe’s new data policy laws, which are set to go into effect next Friday, May 25.
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