Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has agreed to appear before the European parliament at a closed-door meeting possibly as soon as next week.
Mr. Zuckerberg’s decision to travel to Brussels comes as Facebook faces a barrage of public criticism over how the data of tens of millions of its users was harvested without their consent, as well as concerns over the company’s role in elections around the world and questions over whether it has moved quickly enough to remove inflammatory content.
Zuckerberg has faced a barrage of criticism from British MPs for constantly refusing to appear before a British parliamentary committee. Potentially adding to their frustration, the Facebook boss will meet the French president, Emmanuel Macron, next Wednesday.
According to the president’s office, Macron would hold a one-on-one meeting with Zuckerberg, where there would be “very frank” discussions on all subjects.