Zuckerberg to meet European Union officials _ dodging public grilling

Cambridge Analytica's chief executive officer Alexander Nix gives an interview during the 2017 Web Summit in Lisbon

As opposed to the very public USA congressional hearings, the Brussels meeting will take place behind closed doors, where Zuckerberg will be questioned by parliamentarians.

Reports from New Scientist states that the researchers at the University of Cambridge have uploaded user data from 3 million Facebook users onto a shared portal.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will meet with leaders of the European parliament in a closed-door meeting next Tuesday about the data protection scandal that has engulfed his company.

Tajani said: "Our citizens deserve a full and detailed explanation".

"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", Facebook said in a statement. "There are more EU users on FB than there are in the US and Europeans deserve to know how their data is handled", Jourova said on Twitter.

Collins said in a statement that Facebook's responses "do not fully answer each point with sufficient detail or data evidence", and that the committee plans, again, to follow up with the company.

Facebook shares closed lower in the US Wednesday, as the social media platform's CEO agreed to a meeting with European Union parliamentary members.

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"I will not attend the meeting with Mr Zuckerberg if it's held behind closed doors".

Zuckerberg did agree to public sessions with U.S. lawmakers last month, following a major global privacy scandal related to user data and political ad targeting.

Tajani added that Zuckerberg said he will come to Brussels to testify "as soon as possible", potentially within a week.

The EU and British parliaments have been calling for Zuckerberg to submit to an on-air grilling since it emerged earlier this year that a company, political consultants Cambridge Analytica, had been allowed to misuse the data of millions of Facebook users. "It must be a public hearing - why not a Facebook Live?" tweeted Guy Verhofstadt, a Belgian politician who is also a Brexit negotiator on behalf of the European Parliament.

Zuckerberg's trip across the pond to visit Europe comes ahead of the implementation of the EU's data protection regulation.

Cambridge says none of the Facebook data was used in the Trump campaign, and Facebook is investigating.

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