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MEPs urge Facebook CEO to come to European Parliament


MEPs renewed the call to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to come before the Parliament at a debate on data protection and citizens’ privacy with the Commission and the Council on Wednesday.


MEPs urged Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to come to the European Parliament to answer MEPs’ questions on the misuse of European citizens’ personal data. MEPs further expressed concerns about the effects of social media, fake news and election manipulation on democratic processes.

The scandal was seen as a wakeup call to the need to ensure data protection against political and commercial use of personal data. MEPs emphasised that the General Data Protection Regulation that will apply as of 26 May will give citizens control over their personal data and set global standards. However, some MEPs pointed out that the new data protection rules will not prevent future scandals and called on the Council to proceed with the e-privacy regulation.

Videos of individual statements made by the first round of speakers

Monika Panayotova, Deputy Minister, representing the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council

/a> EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality

Esteban González Pons (EPP, ES)

Maria João Rodrigues (S&D, PT)

Helga Stevens (ECR, BE)

Sophia in 't Veld (ALDE, NL)

Ska Keller (Greens/EFA, DE)

Cornelia Ernst (GUE/NGL, DE)

William (The Earl Of) Dartmouth (EFDD, UK)

Jean-Luc Schaffhauser (ENF, FR)

Video-recordings of the plenary debate will soon be available on the plenary website here and on EP Live.

Further information

Video recording of debate (18.04.2018)

Facebook data crisis: declaration by Antonio TAJANI, EP President  

Free photos, video and audio material

Facebook scandal: MEPs call on Zuckerberg to provide answers