Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks the F8 conference on May 1, 2018, in San Jose, California.
Mark Zuckerberg may not have plans to travel to the United Kingdom, where he is refusing demands to address the county's lawmakers in-person, but he will soon fly to Brussels to meet with leaders of the European Union's Parliament, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed Wednesday.
Mark Zuckerberg will appear before the EU Parliament in person to answer questions about Facebook's use of data.
Facebook confirmed it had accepted the invitation.
He is expected to meet EU party leaders as well as members of the EU Parliament's civil liberties committee as part of his evidence session.
"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 company spokesperson said.
"The Conference of Presidents made a decision to organise a hearing with Facebook and other parties concerned". The law will give Facebook's millions of European users more control over what companies can do with what they post, search and click.
The revelations that the data of some 87 million Facebook users and their friends may have been misused by the consulting firm that worked on Donald Trump's USA presidential campaign, has been called a game changer in the world of data protection as regulators seek to raise awareness about how to secure information.
The hearing will hopefully take place as early as next week, according to Antonio Tajani, the president of the European Parliament.
The timing of Zuckerberg's visit may coincide with the introduction of Europe's new sweeping data protection laws on May 25. Cambridge says none of the Facebook data was used in the Trump campaign, and Facebook is investigating. Zuckerberg testified before the US House of Representatives and the Senate in April.
Proxy adviser Institutional Shareholder Services on Wednesday recommended investors withhold their support from five Facebook Inc (FB.O) directors, including Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, citing issues including the social media company's lack of a formal nominating committee.
Rebecca Stimson, Facebook U.K.'s head of public policy, sent the committee responses to each question Monday, but wrote that Zuckerberg "has no plans to meet with the committee or travel to the U.K.at the present time".