Facebook’s Zuckerberg to Meet European Officials Next Week

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Mark Zuckerberg

will meet with French President

Emmanuel Macron

and different European officers subsequent week, because the Silicon Valley big tries to calm pressure with regulators and coverage makers on each side of the Atlantic.

Mr. Zuckerberg will meet with high European lawmakers in Brussels to debate the social community’s dealing with of its customers’ private data, and its potential influence on European elections, mentioned European Parliament President

Antonio Tajani.

The listening to gained’t be open to the general public, an EU official mentioned.

In Paris, Mr. Zuckerberg will take part in a lunchtime assembly subsequent Wednesday at France’s Elysee Palace known as “Tech for Good” that can embody such tech executives as Uber Applied sciences Inc. CEO

Dara Khosrowshahi,

a French official mentioned. Mr. Zuckerberg may also have a personal assembly straight with Mr. Macron, the official added.

“We’re wanting ahead to assembly subsequent week with the president of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron,” the corporate mentioned, including of its conferences with EU lawmakers: “We … recognize the chance for dialogue, to hearken to their views and present the steps we’re taking to raised shield individuals’s privateness.”

A Fb spokesman declined to remark when requested if Mr. Zuckerberg would journey to different European capitals or meet with different officers.

Fb has come beneath fireplace in current months over revelations that the social community allowed private data of as many as 87 million customers to be obtained by data-analytics firm

Cambridge Analytica

Fb additionally has confronted warmth over interference within the 2016 U.S. presidential election by Russian operatives utilizing the social community.

Forward of European Parliament elections in 2019, the EU has been pushing platforms to do extra to halt the unfold of misinformation or “faux information,” on their websites, or face potential regulation. Mr. Macron has additionally directed his authorities to work on proposing a legislation to rein in faux information throughout election durations.

Some EU lawmakers criticized the choice to carry the assembly in Brussels behind closed doorways. “Given the deep distrust brought on by the Cambridge Analytica scandal, this assembly should be public. There shouldn’t be double requirements for the U.S. Congress and the European Parliament,” mentioned Inexperienced group leaders

Philippe Lamberts


Ska Keller.

A visit by Mr. Zuckerberg subsequent week would coincide with the bloc’s sweeping new privateness legal guidelines, which enter into drive subsequent Friday, Might 25. Fb has mentioned it could implement some privateness controls impressed by the legislation world-wide. Whereas smaller promoting rivals and analysts say the legislation might favor the corporate’s promoting enterprise as a result of Fb may have a neater time getting consent, the corporate additionally faces scrutiny from regulators and privateness activists over whether or not it gathers extra data than it wants.

European lawmakers have stepped up requires Mr. Zuckerberg to testify in Brussels in regards to the Cambridge revelations after he spoke earlier than U.S. lawmakers in mid-April.

Within the U.Okay., a British parliamentary committee requested Mr. Zuckerberg testify about Fb’s dealing with of consumer knowledge or face a proper summons.

Fb has mentioned Mr. Zuckerberg had no plans to go to the U.Okay., and a spokesman Wednesday mentioned he had “nothing else so as to add proper now.” The corporate despatched a high government to testify earlier than the committee final month.

In January, Fb Chief Working Officer

Sheryl Sandberg

additionally met with Mr. Macron in Paris, and with EU officers in Brussels.

Write to Natalia Drozdiak at natalia.drozdiak@wsj.com and Sam Schechner at sam.schechner@wsj.com

Appeared within the Might 17, 2018, print version as ‘Zuckerberg Seeks to Ease Strains on European Go to.’

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