Facebook CEO calls for updated Internet regulations

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Reuters
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Sat, 2019-03-30 23:56

WASHINGTON, March 30 : Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg
called on Saturday for regulators to play a “more active role”
in establishing rules that govern the Internet, as the world’s
largest social media network struggles to defuse criticism.
Zuckerberg, whose company is under pressure for failing to
adequately police content and protect user privacy on its platform,
wrote in a Washington Post article that a “standardized
approach” for removing content would help keep Internet companies
“accountable.”
“By updating the rules for the Internet, we can preserve what’s
best about it — the freedom for people to express themselves and
for entrepreneurs to build new things — while also protecting
society from broader harms,” Zuckerberg wrote.
His comments followed a Washington Post report saying the US
government and Facebook were negotiating a multibillion-dollar fine
settlement over the company’s privacy lapses.
Zuckerberg also called for updated legislation focused on
protecting elections, including new rules aimed at online political
advertising that “reflect the reality of the threats” faced by
social media companies.
US intelligence and law enforcement agencies say Russian Internet
trolls helped spread divisive content and disinformation on
Facebook in the run-up to the 2016 US presidential election.

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