The company said it had agreed to the proposal "to meet with leaders of the European Parliament and appreciate the opportunity for dialogue, to listen to their views and show the steps we are taking to better protect people's privacy".
The EU and British parliaments have been calling for Zuckerberg to submit to an on-air grilling since it emerged earlier this year that a company, political consultants Cambridge Analytica, had been allowed to misuse the data of millions of Facebook users. "Our citizens deserve a full and detailed explanation".
Some MEPs will likely be upset by the behind-closed-doors arrangement.
The UK parliament has also invited the Facebook CEO to answer questions. Zuckerberg testified before the U.S. Congress last month on privacy issues. That will be before the LIBE Committee and "other relevant committees". The European Parliament president said in a statement that the meeting would take place "as soon as possible" and potentially next week.
Last month, Tajani sent a letter to Zuckberberg demanding he appear before MEPs from the LIBE Committee, and the Legal Affairs (JURI), Constitutional Affairs (AFCO) and Industry (ITRE) Committees.
European Union politicians are set to grill Facebook's chief executive regarding the improper use of 87 million users' data by Cambridge Analytica. Around 2.7 million of those users are based in the EU. However Facebook has in parallel been auditing third-party apps to see if any may have misused data and embarked on a process of greater transparency over things like privacy settings and data collection.
It also comes as Christopher Wylie, a former worker at Cambridge Analytica, is to testify before the US Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the handling of Facebook users' data by the social media company and his former employer. The Facebook CEO has not responded to the summons.
Although the scandal-hit Cambridge Analytica has since collapsed, regulators in the United Kingdom say they are continuing their investigation into the how the company harvested data from millions of Facebook users.
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