Mark Zuckerberg Extends Facebook Apology Tour With European Gig

EU Parliament grills Zuckerberg – but Facebook CEO slips away without giving solid answers

EU Parliament grills Zuckerberg – but Facebook CEO slips away without giving solid answers

Separately, according to the Financial Times, EU lawmakers were dissatisfied that Zuckerberg dodged many of their questions about the Cambridge Analytica scandal or compliance with new privacy regulations in the 90-minute session, or whether Facebook is engaged in anti-competitive monopolistic practices.

Facebook's compliance with the new EU data rules will be closely watched, as will its efforts to tackle the spread of fake news ahead of European Parliament elections next year.

The lawmakers took great pains to point out to Zuckerberg that policies that work in the USA won't necessarily work in the EU.

"I have no doubt that Mr. Zuckerberg is a genius, but there is a risk his legacy will be that he created a company akin to Frankenstein's monster, which spiraled out of his own control".

The center-left Socialists and Democrats Group fired back against the meeting on Twitter, saying: "This format does not allow for any real answers. He responded to our offer of a meeting", he said. I asked you six yes or no questions and got not a single answer.

European Union lawmakers left the meeting underwhelmed with the Facebook CEO's answers, as well as angered by the format in which the meeting took place.

Zuckerberg faced a grilling from the European Parliament hearing in Brussels overnight, where legislators sought explanations for the growing number of fake Facebook accounts.

"Whether it's fake news, foreign interference in elections or developers' misusing people's information, we didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibilities", Zuckerberg said at the hearing.

"That was a mistake, and I'm sorry for it".

The leaders of the Parliament's political factions had prepared for the encounter, hoping to corner the CEO on specific issues including privacy, competition and election manipulation.

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Zuckerberg's statement of regret echoed a similar apology he made last month to U.S. lawmakers.

Asked how the format was selected, a Facebook spokesperson tells me it was decided by the European Parliament. "In which way will you adapt your business model to make sure that doesn't happen?"

During his D.C. testimony, Zuckerberg admitted that the Silicon Valley is "an extremely left-leaning place", but that Facebook has tried to take steps to root out any political bias among his content review staff. The latter question is crucial, considering that so much user data - collected by 200 now-suspended apps - may already be out there.

Leader of the European People's Party, Manfred Weber, asked whether Facebook was a monopoly, and suggested the company should be broken up.

The format of the session in Brussels - which saw MEPs make statements and pose questions to Mr Zuckerberg, with the Facebook chief responding to their comments at the end - drew criticism for allowing the tech entrepreneur to escape without giving full answers. The Facebook CEO did not address the lawmaker's question.

Zuckerberg said he would send follow-up answers later. Numerous members of the parliament skeptically asked Zuckerberg whether his company would be fully compliant with the laws, known as General Data Protection Regulation.

"Since the outbreak of Cambridge Analytica, you have massively transferred European data of non-European citizens out from Europe, away from European servers", Verhofstadt said. His answers on GDPR lasted about three minutes.

Zuckerberg was originally set to talk to the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament, which is made up of the heads of the body's eight main political groups, behind closed doors. In Europe, Nazi propaganda is not acceptable, said Weber, while in the United States it falls under freedom of expression. "We are the regulators".

The Facebook chief staged a U-turn on Monday and agreed to the hearing being webcast, in a further bid to limit the fallout from the data scandal.

Damian Collins, the chair of the British inquiry that has repeatedly asked Zuckerberg to appear before parliament, described the session as "an hour of questions, followed by a lengthy statement from Zuckerberg, with all hard questions dodged".

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