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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Feels Need For Internet Rules to be Updated

Clear rules are required, however, about who is responsible for protecting information when it moves between services, Zuckerberg noted

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election and data privacy. VOA

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that governments and regulators need to play a more active role in updating rules for the Internet to preserve the freedom of expression, for entrepreneurs to build new things, and to protect society from broader harm.

In an editorial in The Washington Post on Saturday, Zuckerberg said though Facebook continually reviews policies with experts on terrorist propaganda and hate speech, it “always make mistakes and decisions that people disagree with”.

But, it is time for “new regulation in four areas: harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability”, the Facebook Founder said, noting that it will help “define clear responsibilities for people, companies and governments going forward”.

Stating that the company is working with governments, including French officials, on ensuring the effectiveness of content review systems, Zuckerberg suggested for third-party bodies to set standards governing the distribution of harmful content and to measure companies against those standards.

He asserted the need for holding Internet companies accountable for enforcing standards on harmful content.

On political ads, Zuckerberg said deciding whether an ad is political is not always straightforward, thus it “could be more effective if regulation created common standards for verifying political actors”.

“We believe legislation should be updated to reflect the reality of the threats and set standards for the whole industry,” he said.

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Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg. VOA

Endorsing the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for effective privacy and data protection, Zuckerberg said it would be good for the Internet if more countries adopted GDPR and build new privacy regulation on the given framework.

He also emphasised on the need for clear rules on when information can be used to serve the public interest and how it should apply to new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence.

Moreover, new regulation should guarantee the principle of data portability.

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Clear rules are required, however, about who is responsible for protecting information when it moves between services, Zuckerberg noted.

“I believe Facebook has a responsibility to help address these issues, and I’m looking forward to discussing them with lawmakers around the world,” he added.

Political ad spend tops Rs 1.5 cr a week on Facebook. (IANS)

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Mark Zuckerberg Not Going to Sell WhatsApp or Instagram

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has rejected a US lawmaker's call to break his company, saying he's not going to sell WhatsApp or Instagram

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Zuckerberg, however, rejected these calls, saying the size of the social media giant was actually a benefit to its users and the security of the democratic process. VOA

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has rejected a US lawmaker’s call to break his company, saying he’s not going to sell WhatsApp or Instagram at any cost.

Senator Josh Hawley (Missouri Republican) tweeted that he met Zuckerberg during his visit to Washington, DC on Thursday, and asked him to sell Instagram and WhatsApp.

“Just finished meeting with @facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Had a frank conversation. Challenged him to do two things to show FB is serious about bias, privacy & competition. 1) Sell WhatsApp & Instagram 2) Submit to independent, third-party audit on censorship. He said no to both,” tweeted Hawley, one of Facebook’s biggest critics.

Zuckerberg also met President Donald Trump in the Oval Office.

“Nice meeting with Mark Zuckerberg of @Facebook in the Oval Office today,” tweeted Trump.

This is Facebook CEO’s first public trip to Washington since he testified before House and Senate committees in April last year over Cambridge Analytica data scandal affecting 87 million users globally.

According to media reports, Zuckerberg met several lawmakers this time and discussions included allegations that Facebook curtails conservative speech.

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Mark Zuckerberg has rejected a US lawmaker’s call to break his company, saying he’s not going to sell WhatsApp or Instagram at any cost. Pixabay

As the chorus grows to break up Facebook, the social networking platform’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg recently said that it won’t serve any purpose.

“You could break us up, you could break other tech companies up, but you actually don’t address the underlying issues people are concerned about,” she had said earlier.

Several US senators have called for breaking up the social network amid repeated data breaches and privacy violations on the platform.

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Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Kamala Harris, has stressed that authorities should take a serious look at breaking up Facebook as the social network platform is a “utility that has gone unregulated”.

Another Democratic 2020 candidate, Senator Elizabeth Warren, has also stressed upon the possibility of breaking up Facebook.

Zuckerberg, however, rejected these calls, saying the size of the social media giant was actually a benefit to its users and the security of the democratic process. (IANS)