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

Zuckerberg's posts from 2007 and 2008 aren't available.                  Screenshot by Queenie Wong  CNET

Zuckerberg's posts from 2007 and 2008 aren't available. Screenshot by Queenie Wong CNET

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.

David Blaine under investigation following sexual assault allegations
In 2017, Blaine denied model Natasha Prince's claims that he raped her at a private home in London in 2004 when she was 21. The report said one of the allegations might fall outside the statute of limitations because it goes back to 1998.

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.

Recommended News

  • Watch the new Twilight Zone premiere online for free

    Watch the new Twilight Zone premiere online for free

    Are you a fan of The Twilight Zone? "I'm in this episode and it truly is a dream come true", he wrote. The Twilight Zone . "It's a mystery fit for.... the Twilight Zone ".
    Facebook increases transparency, gives users greater control over News Feed

    Facebook increases transparency, gives users greater control over News Feed

    A Facebook panel is seen during the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, in Cannes, France, June 20, 2018. It could be a pretty straightforward reason, such as it's by one of your friends or from a group or page you've joined.
    Liam Smith wins, David Price gets odd DQ win

    Liam Smith wins, David Price gets odd DQ win

    Liam Smith's first fight as a Matchroom boxer was a resounding success, stopping Sam Eggington in the first half of their bout. He was in the fight and lost his head, but I hurt him to the body... "So, I felt it was the right time to make the move".
  • Geri Horner denies claims she slept with Mel B

    What has been reported recently is simply not true and has been very hurtful to her family. The pal added: "She needs to do some serious grovelling to make up with Geri.
    Rees-Mogg fears UK's May will add customs union to Brexit deal

    Rees-Mogg fears UK's May will add customs union to Brexit deal

    A long delay raises the chances of an early British election, which could rearrange Parliament and break the political deadlock. They have urged May not to compromise and to ramp up preparations to leave the bloc without an agreement on April 12.
    Ant and Dec reveal how they nearly split over drink-driving conviction

    Ant and Dec reveal how they nearly split over drink-driving conviction

    How could he do that? "I wanted to punch him and hug him at the same time - and I didn't know which one I wanted to do first". Last May Ant cancelled all of his work commitments and checked into rehab after a vehicle crash.
  • Mick Jagger to have heart surgery

    Mick Jagger to have heart surgery

    Ronnie Wood added , "We'll miss you over the next few weeks, but we're looking forward to seeing you all again very soon". But the same announcement held out hope that Jagger would be ready to resume the tour at an unspecified future date.
    Turkey’s president suffers setback in big cities at local elections

    Turkey’s president suffers setback in big cities at local elections

    In Istanbul , a city where Erdogan had sometimes described victory as like winning Turkey itself, the race had been very tight. Speaking in Istanbul , Erdogan said the ruling party "emerged as the winner" but conceded the loss of some municipalities.
    MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski defends Joe Biden after allegations he acted inappropriately

    MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski defends Joe Biden after allegations he acted inappropriately

    Flores added: "He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head. But many supporters have leapt to Mr Biden's defence. I've known him for a long time", Brzezinski stated.
  • Whistle-blower: White House Overturned Security Clearances Denials for 25 People

    Whistle-blower: White House Overturned Security Clearances Denials for 25 People

    Democrats have made repeated requests for documents and interviews but say the White House has been stonewalling. That denial was ultimately upheld, the committee says, and the individual is no longer at the White House.
    Dad of murdered SC  student urges ride-sharing safety measures

    Dad of murdered SC student urges ride-sharing safety measures

    Saturday, about 24 hours after Josephson's disappearance, a patrol officer spotted a black Impala two blocks from Five Points. Rowland remains in the Richland County jail at least until his bond hearing, a date for which has not been set.
    De Ligt can't stay at Ajax next season

    De Ligt can't stay at Ajax next season

    This is because of a growing relationship between the two clubs which they see as mutually beneficial moving forward. De Ligt is contracted to Ajax until 2021 and is expected to be valued in the region of £64m.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.