Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s Chief Executive will be meeting with the EU’s digital and industry chiefs on February 17th, the EU officials had said, a couple of days before the two Commissioners present proposals to rein in U.S. tech giants and Chinese rivals.
Facebook also confirmed Zukerberg’s Europe visit, to attend the Munich Security Conference and to be able to “meet with European decision-makers in Brussels to discuss a framework for new rules and regulation for the internet”.
Last week, Zuckerberg did testify to the U.S. Congress that the aftermath of the revelation that millions of Facebook users’ private information had been possessed by Cambridge Analytica, the British consulting firm.
Zukerberg will also be meeting with justice chief Vera Jourova, along with the European Competition and Digital Commissioner Margrethe Vestager and Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton.
Proposals by Vestager and Breton will be released on February 19th in order to start a single European data market which focuses on testing and challenging the supremacy of US tech giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon have.
Rules to be used in order to govern the use of artificial intelligence will also be put forward. It is predicted that the Commission will look to obtain feedback before they make a final decision on the rules.
Facebook has gained Vestager’s attention because of its use of data that the company has collected for many years through classified ads players, as well as its right to use the information collected for any purpose which also includes releasing products they are in competition with.