Today, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Facebook, urged the regulators to play a “more active role” in establishing rules that govern the internet .His remarks come as the largest social media network in the world struggles to defuse criticism.
Zuckerberg’s company is under pressure for not being able to adequately restrict content and protect the privacy of the users on its platform. In an article that was posted on the Washington Post, he said that a “standardized approach” for taking down the content would help keep internet firms “accountable.”
Zuckerberg wrote: “Every day, we make decisions about what speech is harmful, what constitutes political advertising and how to prevent sophisticated cyber attacks. But if we were starting from scratch, we wouldn’t ask companies to make these judgments alone.”
He added: “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.”
His remarks followed a Washington Post report stating that Facebook and the government of the United States of America were negotiating a multibillion-dollar fine settlement over the privacy lapses of the social media giant.
Zuckerberg also urged for updated legislation that is focused on protecting elections, including new rules that are aimed at online political advertising that “reflect the reality of the threats” that are faced by social media firms.
Zuckerberg’s article is considered to be a part of a broader push by the social media giant for what it calls as “smart regulation.” He called for data privacy rules that are along the lines of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union, including giving users the ability to move their data between services.
Intelligence and law enforcement agencies in the United States disclose that internet trolls from Russia helped spread divisive content and disinformation on the social media giant in the run-up to the presidential elections in the United States that was held the United States.