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Facebook "like" symbol is illuminated on a sign outside the Facebook headquarters in America.
A Facebook "like" symbol outside the company's USA headquarters. Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

Facebook pulls out of government meeting

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Concerns over how the social media giant treats its users' data, as well as issues over illegal content hosted by Facebook, had caused the meeting to be called by the Justice and Digitalisation ministers.

But Facebook pulled out on Thursday and instead invited the ministers to come to its offices in Ireland or America.

Justice Minister Morgan Johansson tells Radio Sweden it is very remarkable that a powerful company does this, and he says Facebook is an actor that cannot hide from public scrutiny.

In May, the EU data protection law will come into effect, but beyond this the government wants Facebook to be more available for its users, and have staff in Sweden.

The meeting is expected to go ahead as planned on Friday featuring representatives for Twitter, Google and the Swedish newspaper industry.

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