Mark Zuckerberg has been called out for agreeing to give evidence to the European Parliament despite repeated calls to front British MPs.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to appear before the EU Parliament in a move that has upset British MPs.
In March, UK Conservative lawmaker Damian Collins demanded Zuckerberg provide evidence to the Commons committee pertaining to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but the billionaire refused, opting to only front the US Congress.
Indeed, the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, of which Collins is chair, tweeted its disappointment for the citizens of the UK that had their Facebook data illegally harvested.
It is a “snub to the UK and the millions of Facebook users in the UK who deserve answers”, the tweet read.
We remain open to Mark Zuckerberg of @facebook giving evidence via video link or in person. Him not appearing before us is not just a snub to the @CommonsCMS but more importantly a snub to the UK and the millions of Facebook users in the UK who deserve answers. @DamianCollins
— Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (@CommonsCMS) May 16, 2018
President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani revealed Zuckerberg’s Brussels stop in a press release on Wednesday.
He said the appearance could be as early as next week, and would be “a step in the right direction to restore trust”.
“I appreciate that Mark Zuckerberg has decided to present himself in front of the representatives of 500 million Europeans,” he said.
“Parliament’s priority is to ensure the proper functioning of the digital market, with a high level of protection of personal data, effective rules on copyright and the protection of consumer rights.
“Web giants must be responsible for the content they publish, including clearly false information and illicit content.
“Freedom must always be accompanied by responsibility.”
A spokesperson for Facebook confirmed Zuckerberg accepted the EU Parliament’s invitation.
“[We] appreciate the opportunity for dialogue, to listen to their views and show the steps we are taking to better protect people’s privacy,” the spokesperson said, according to CNBC.