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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says Internet Rules must be updated

Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg has said that governments and regulators need to play an additional active role in updating rules for the internet to preserve the liberty of expression, for entrepreneurs to make new things, and to protect society from broader harm.

In an editorial within 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’s 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 declared the need for holding internet companies answerable 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 truth of the threats and set standards for the complete industry,” he said.

Endorsing the European Union’s General information Protection Regulation (GDPR) for effective privacy and information 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 emphasized on the necessity for clear rules on when data may be used to serve the public interest and how it should apply to new technologies like Artificial Intelligence.

Moreover, new regulation should guarantee the principle of information portability

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

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