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EU holds ‘constructive’ talks with Facebook’s Sandberg

Sandberg pledged to ameliorate transparency on political advertising.
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The EU has called on Facebook to "cooperate fully" with investigators investigating the data-leak scandal involving Cambridge Analytica.

The EU has called on Facebook to "cooperate fully" with investigators investigating the data-leak scandal involving Cambridge Analytica.

The European Commission (EU) on Thursday called on Facebook to "cooperate fully" with investigators investigating the data-leak scandal involving London-based political advisory, Cambridge Analytica, Reuters reported.  

According to the report, Vera Jourova, EU’s Justice Commissioner said she had a ‘constructive and open discussion’ with social media giant’s Chief operation officer Sheryl Sandberg about the Cambridge Analytica scandal on Thursday.

Jourova promised EU would closely monitor Facebook’s implementation of a strict new EU data protection law.

Jourova promised EU would closely monitor Facebook’s implementation of a strict new EU data protection law.

Jourova promised EU would closely monitor Facebook’s implementation of a strict new EU data protection law which enters into force on May 25. “Of my particular concern is the information to European citizens affected by the scandal. I was told that Facebook has started to inform people this week,” Jourova told the news agency after a 30-minute call with Sandberg.

“Ms Sandberg also confirmed to me that there could be more apps that harvested personal data of users and those of their friends. I urged Facebook to take all the necessary steps to mitigate any potential negative consequences for the users in the future,” Jourova said.

The embattled social networking major has faced a global uproar after a whistle blower alleged that data from millions of users was inappropriately used by a political consultancy firm to target British and US voters.

According to Jourova, Sandberg pledged to ameliorate transparency on political advertising. But critics say Facebook suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section. The Justice Commissioner also suggested that the media giant's billionaire supremo Mark Zuckerberg should come and address the European Parliament regarding the current embroglio.