Mark Zuckerberg’s meeting with the European Parliament will now be live-streamed

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The president of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, has announced that his meeting with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tomorrow is no longer behind closed doors and will be live-streamed. Tajani made the announcement in a tweet that Zuckerberg has accepted his new request for the public meeting, which is expected to also include the leaders of Parliament’s political groups and some parliament members (MEPs). The meeting was previously a private one, but according to Politico, criticism from the public, lawmakers, and MEPs led to the turnaround.

“We’re looking forward to the meeting and happy for it to be livestreamed,” Facebook said in a statement to Politico. The meeting will be streamed via the European Parliament website from 6:15PM to 7:30PM CET (12:15PM ET to 1:30PM ET) tomorrow.

Zuckerberg faced questioning from Congress last month after bombshell reports in The New York Times and The Guardian revealed data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica misused data from as many as 87 million Facebook users. Congress pressed Zuckerberg on issues including how Facebook collects data from users when they navigate the internet, censorship of conservative views on the platform, and privacy protections when it comes to minors.

Meanwhile, the UK committee has demanded Zuckerberg testify this month or face a summons the next time he enters the country. But Facebook has said that Zuckerberg ”has no plans to meet with the committee or travel to the UK at the present time.”

It’s likely this European Parliament meeting will touch on similar subjects as the congressional hearing, especially around issues of privacy, given that the GDPR goes into effect later this week. Zuckerberg’s meeting with the European Parliament can be streamed via the European Parliament website.

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Well, at least we’ll be able to have a look at the slippery little toad, getting him to give a straight answer will be as hard as it would be in person !

Toads are amphibians, Zuck is a reptile.

As an EU citizen I sincerely hope that Mr. Zuckerberg will just show those EU bureaucrats a middle finger. No idea why he is even talking to these clowns, as they really do not represent anybody in Europe. Frankly, this is the first time in my life I even hear the name of this "president", which can tell you how "important" this institution really is…

Let me guess….you voted "leave" over "economic anxiety"?

Unfortunately in our country there was no vote yet.

Why is that unfortunate?

You guys are patronizing quite a bit here.

That speaks more to your ignorance than anything else, to be honest.

Keeping up with your politicians can be complicated when you live in the EU.

As a french citizen I had (even more complicated now that I live abroad) a mayor & council for my borough + one of each for the city + another council for the metropolis + yet another council for the county + another council for the region + about a thousand elected parlemetaries + a government + a president + the European parliament + the commission + all the bodies I forgot. I’m an engaged EU citizen but this administrative Leviathan makes the experience a pain in the butt.

I am not fond of all EU parliament decisions but concerning Mr Zuckerberg, I hope the they give him a polite finger. Facebook plagues us everyday and needs to be rained back a little bit.

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