The Latest: Zuckerberg to heading to EU next Tuesday


The Latest on Facebook's privacy scandal (all times local):

1:40 p.m.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will meet with leaders of the European parliament in a closed-door meeting next Tuesday about the data protection scandal that has engulfed his company.

Even though his visit had been announced, it was left unclear exactly when Zuckerberg would visit the European Union legislature.

The EU and British parliaments have been calling for Zuckerberg to appear before them for weeks ever since it emerged that a company, political consultants Cambridge Analytica, had been allowed to misuse the data of millions of Facebook users.

The EU meeting however is set to be private with the leaders of the political groups and a justice and civil rights expert. Many in the European Parliament had been calling for a public hearing.

___

1 p.m.

British lawmakers investigating the use of Facebook users' data in political campaigns say the suspended head of the consultancy Cambridge Analytica has accepted a summons to appear before a committee.

Parliament's media committee said Thursday that Alexander Nix had accepted a summons to appear June 6. He had refused to appear before the committee last month, citing the ongoing investigation into the firm.

Meanwhile, the committee said the former director of the campaign pushing for Britain's departure from the European Union has refused a summons to appear.

The committee says that "is a first step which could result in a decision that a contempt of Parliament has been committed."

Parliament has the power to punish people for being disrespectful, though in practice its powers are limited.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation & World

'Royal wedding guest name' quiz could help scammers get your personal data
'Royal wedding guest name' quiz could help scammers get your personal data

A seemingly innocent quiz that has been sweeping social media could help scammers get their hands on your personal data, experts say. "What's your royal wedding guest name?" the meme, which began circulating ahead of Saturday's royal wedding, asks. One version reads as follows: "In honor of the royal wedding, use your 'royal wedding...
Barber throws man who complained about haircut through window
Barber throws man who complained about haircut through window

A man got more than his hair cut, when an argument with the barber over the style led to the man getting thrown through a glass window, police said.  The 33-year old victim was not satisfied with his haircut Thursday and threatened not to pay, according to the New York Daily News. In response, the barber at Levels Barbershop, in Brooklyn...
Dog dies after being left in hot car
Dog dies after being left in hot car

A man is facing animal cruelty charges after he reportedly left a dog in a hot car.  The dog later died despite efforts to rescue him. Anthony Griffith is charged with animal cruelty after the dog was left in a car at Southeast Georgia Health System in St. Marys.  The dog fell to the pavement when an officer arrived and opened the car door...
Krispy Kreme unveils blueberry glaze doughnut
Krispy Kreme unveils blueberry glaze doughnut

There's nothing like spotting the Krispy Kreme Doughnuts "Hot Now" sign blazing in the store window. And for a short time, fans will have another reason to rejoice when spotting it.  Krispy Kreme has announced a new one-of-a-kind confection - the Blueberry Glaze Doughnut. It's not a blueberry doughnut; instead, Krispy Kreme is adding...
Under foggy, sloppy conditions Justify wins 2018 Preakness Stakes
Under foggy, sloppy conditions Justify wins 2018 Preakness Stakes

Favorite Justify won under foggy and sloppy conditions Saturday at the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Justify, who won the Kentucky Derby, was a 1-2 favorite throughout the day.  The unbeaten colt now has a shot at a Triple Crown if he wins at Belmont June 9. 
More Stories