Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is due to meet EU lawmakers on Tuesday regarding the global data scandal involving the social media platform.
The European Parliament’s president confirmed on Monday via Twitter that the hearing will now be streamed live online following complaints that it was originally planned to be behind closed doors.
“I have personally discussed with Facebook CEO Mr Zuckerberg the possibility of webstreaming [the] meeting with him,” Antonio Tajani tweeted. “I am glad to announce that he has accepted this new request. Great news for EU citizens.”
The parliament had come under fire after it was announced initially that the meeting would be held privately and attended by select members of parliament.
“I will not attend the meeting with Mr Zuckerberg if it’s held behind closed doors. It must be a public hearing – why not a Facebook Live?” said Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the liberal ALDE political group, last week on Twitter.
The meeting comes as Facebook admitted last month that it had improperly shared the personal data of 87 million users with British data firm Cambridge Analytica. Up to 2.7 million of those users are from EU countries.