Mark Zuckerberg To Appear Before European Parliament

President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani | Andreas Solaro  AFP via Getty Images

President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani | Andreas Solaro AFP via Getty Images

Controversy erupted earlier this year when it was revealed that as many as 87 million Facebook users had their data unknowingly skimmed by election consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which assisted Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign.

Antonio Tajani, the parliament's president, said in a statement posted on his official Twitter account that the Facebook (FB) CEO would travel to Brussels to meet representatives of the parliament "hopefully" as soon as next week. The social media giant's share price increased after his testimony, and some lawmakers apparently failed to grasp the technical details of the company's operation and data privacy policies.

The announcement comes weeks before the General Data Protection Regulation (or GDPR) goes into effect in Europe.

"It must be a public hearing", he said. He also called it a "step in the right direction towards restoring confidence". "Our citizens deserve a full and detailed explanation".

Zuckerberg's European Union visit will be his first since a whistle-blower alleged that Cambridge Analytica improperly harvested information from over 50 million Facebook accounts to help Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election.

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Zuckerberg's reportedly still refusing to appear before the U.K. Parliament, though.

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