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Zuckerberg to meet with European digital chief

Zuckerberg to meet with European digital chief
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The European Union’s digital chief is set to meet with Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergFacebook executive hosted Kavanaugh confirmation celebration Hillicon Valley: Facebook rift over exec's support for Kavanaugh | Dem worried about Russian trolls jumping into Kavanaugh debate | China pushes back on Pence House Democrat questions big tech on possible foreign influence in Kavanaugh debate MORE on Tuesday amid the fallout of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Andrus Ansip, European Commission vice president in charge of digital issues, will also meet with Google CEO Sundar Pichai and top officials from Netflix and Twitter in San Francisco according to Ansip's public calendar.

The conversations come as Facebook, and Silicon Valley as a whole, deal with backlash over data collection and privacy practices across the industry.

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Last week, Zuckerberg testified before lawmakers on Capitol Hill to address questions about how a British research firm used by the Trump campaign, Cambridge Analytica, improperly harvested data from as many as 87 million of the platform's users.

Zuckerberg has also been asked to speak before British politicians but has not yet committed to making a trip to the U.K. to give public testimony on the matter. 

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has previously met with European Commission officials.

Facebook and other tech companies face new, tightened data privacy rules in Europe that are set go into effect on May 25.