Facebook's Zuckerberg calls for a 'more active' government role in regulating internet

Zuckerberg

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In a column for the Washington Post, Zuckerberg said "a more active role" was needed for governments and regulators.

In an opinion piece published Saturday in The Washington Post, Zuckerberg said there are four areas where more oversight is necessary: harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability. As TechCrunch notes, this affirmation comes just days after their highly publicized and praised move to ban all white supremacist and "white separatist" content.

Facebook came in for intense criticism after the deadly attack on two mosques in Christchurch, during which the gunman live-streamed the events on Facebook.

Additionally, the Facebook CEO wrote that he believes it would be better for the Internet if more countries started using regulation like the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as a "common framework".

'These are important for keeping our community safe.

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. "Lawmakers often tell me we have too much power over speech, and frankly I agree", he wrote.

Legislators have asked its executives - including Zuckerberg - to testify in front of congress to explain the proliferation of misinformation, hate speech and election manipulation on the platform.

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This meant that they would not be entitled to the rights of typical workers, such as annual leave, health insurance or pensions. Then they shifted to Vince McMahon and how he is "an assh*le".

However, deciding whether an ad is political or not is not as easy as it seems.

Core announcements such as the acquisition of Instagram in 2012 and Zuckerberg's pledge to keep the photo app independent from Facebook - something the tycoon has gone back on - have also disappeared.

Facebook's weekend appeal to regulators coincided with a visit by the Facebook CEO, along with Clegg, to Berlin on Sunday and Monday, where they were expected to meet with academics and politicians, including German justice minister Katarina Barley and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the leader of Germany's Christian Democrats and a likely successor to Chancellor Angela Merkel. "Our systems would be more effective if regulation created common standards for verifying political actors", said Zuckerberg.

In addition to other matters Facebook is the subject of probes into how it allowed political consultancy Cambridge Analytica to obtain data on tens of millions of users for targeting political adverts. The GDPR, adopted in April 2016, puts in place regulations on person data and attempts to give private individuals control over their own data.

The past year has seen some high profile data breaches, as well as a growing distrust of how social media companies handle user information. Data portability refers to the ability to move data shared with one service to another service. These four areas are important, but, of course, there's more to discuss.

Zuckerberg called not only for rules related to protecting elections, but also the discussion of "divisive political issues" online outside of official campaign periods, and industry-wide standards for how campaigns use data to target voters.

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