May 16, 2018: 12:45 PM ET
Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to meet senior members of the European Parliament to discuss Facebook’s use of personal data.
Antonio Tajani, the parliament’s president, said in a statement that the Facebook () CEO would travel to Brussels to meet representatives of the parliament “hopefully” as soon as next week.
“I welcome Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to appear in person before the representatives of 500 million Europeans. It is a step in the right direction towards restoring confidence,” Tajani said in the statement posted on his official Twitter account.
Facebook confirmed it had accepted the invitation.
“[We] appreciate the opportunity for dialogue, to listen to their views and show the steps we are taking to better protect people’s privacy,” the company said in a statement.
Tajani said Zuckerberg had agreed to meet members of the European Parliament that lead its political groups, as well as lawmakers from its justice committee.
Separately, the parliament will organize a series of committee hearings with Facebook and other tech companies. Zuckerberg is not expected to attend those, a European Parliament spokesperson said.