May 21, 2018

U-turn over Facebook chief's EU meeting

In a change of plan, the public will be able to watch Mark Zuckerberg's response to European Parliament leaders' privacy concerns. Earlier, news that the Facebook chief's meeting with the parliament's political group leaders would be in private, had been criticised. "It is disgraceful how Zuckerberg promises more transparency, but does not want to make public statements in the European Parliament. Facebook operates a public platform and therefore has to publicly take responsibility for its actions," said an online petition launched by the German Green Party's MEP Sven Giegold. Facebook has repeatedly declined to allow British MPs to quiz Mr Zuckerberg about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which millions of users' personal data was shared with a political consultancy in breach of the social network's rules. "The data breach affected over one million UK Facebook users," tweeted Damian Collins - chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee - over the weekend.

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