Mark Zuckerberg Set To Discuss Fake News With Irish Lawmakers

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Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and founder of Facebook, is set to meet with several Irish members of an international committee that was specially established to battle disinformation and fake news today in Dublin.

One of the Irish lawmakers on the committee, Hildegarde Naughton, said that the members would want to address the transparency in political advertising, regulation of social media, and the safety of vulnerable adults and young people with the Facebook exec.

Another Irish lawmaker on the committee, James Lawless, said that harmful content and electoral interference were considered as huge issues that must be tackled.

In an interview on Irish radio, Lawless called the whistle-stop tour of Zuckerberg around Europe, during which he is scheduled to meet regulators and lawmakers in several countries, a “kind of charm offensive.”

Last February, Irish data protection authorities said that Facebook was the subject of seven separate probes, which includes a probe that is related to an attack on the platform that could have exposed the personal information of up to 50 million of its users.

Since Ireland is home to the European headquarters of so many major technology firms— including Google, Twitter, and Facebook — the activities of the data protection regulator of Ireland are closely watched.

Zuckerberg had originally sought a meeting with the data protection commissioner of Ireland, Helen Dixon, however, she is currently in the United States.

The Facebook CEO’s tour around Europe comes just after he called for regulators and lawmakers to pass more specific laws in order to define what constitutes political advertising and harmful content more clearly.

Zuckerberg also called for the introduction of global privacy regulations that are similar to the GDPR rules of the European Union.

In a Facebook post, Zuckerberg stated: “Lawmakers often tell me we have too much power over speech, and frankly I agree.”

He added: “I’ve come to believe that we shouldn’t make so many important decisions about speech on our own.”