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Mark Zuckerberg set for grilling by European politicians in Brussels

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FACEBOOK CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to be grilled by European politicians overnight about the company’s lacklustre approach to data protection.

The hour-long meeting will be streamed live on the European Parliament’s website, and follows Mr Zuckerberg’s appearance in front of the US Congress.

Mr Zuckerberg is expected to deliver an apology to Facebook’s European users, according to Politico, for failing to protect people’s data and for the spread of fake news.

The evening meeting with leaders of the political groups and a justice and civil rights expert was long expected to be held behind closed doors.

But many in the European Parliament had been calling for an on-air grilling for Mr Zuckerberg to explain his company’s role in a scandal about the misuse of customer data.

The Facebook CEO has previously dodged UK politicians’ attempts to quizz him over the issues, instead sending Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer to London to answer questions about the data scandal.

British politician’s found Mr Schroepfer’s answers to be lacking in depth and accuracy, and have now issued more than 50 questions they’d like their European counterparts to ask.

When Mr Zuckerberg clashed with US Congress members, he admitted the company collects data on consumers who were not even users.

Illinois Democrat, Bobby Rush, also juxtaposed Facebook’s surveillance habits as akin to the FBI.

“You are truncating the basic rights of the American promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness by the wholesale invasion and manipulation of their right to privacy,” Mr Rush said.

Mr Zuckerberg also failed to promise Facebook would limit user data collection during the hearing, and the company failed to say “sorry” in an official statement in response to the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

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