Now it’s time for Facebook to think about Europe, too
The news: Bloomberg reports that Mark Zuckerberg will meet with the European Commission’s Vice-President, Andrus Ansip—whose role involves regulating digital businesses—when the lawmaker visits San Francisco this week.
Zuck in the EU? The Facebook CEO still has outstanding requests to appear in front of the European Parliament and a British Parliamentary committee, in order to explain how user data was acquired by Cambridge Analytica. So far, he’s offered to send other execs to Europe on his behalf.
More to fear? As Axios notes, there will still be a long wait before any American regulation hits Facebook. Meanwhile, there’s already stuff happening in Europe to keep Zuck awake at night—the sweeping new General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect across the EU next month, and aggressive antitrust regulators who have recently been clamping down on Big Tech could target his firm, too.
Why it matters: There are more active Facebook users in Europe than the US, but so far America has been the focus of the social network’s apology tour to ease concerns of public and lawmakers alike. Zuck’s meeting with Ansip could be just the start of a much larger charm offensive required to calm similar worries held across the Atlantic.
- Facebook / Jamie Condliffe