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Zuckerberg's call for regulation comes after hard questions about Facebook's user data protection

Zuckerberg's call for regulation comes after hard questions about Facebook's user data protection

'Mark Zuckerberg has become more anxious that Facebook is being asked to regulate itself in a way that no private company should be expected to do, ' the former Liberal Democrat leader told POLITICO.

Zuckerberg reiterated that Facebook did not want to be a "publisher", a longstanding position it has taken to avoid being considered a media company, but was willing to be a partner for the sector.

In his post, Zuckerberg proposes that "regulation could set baselines for what's prohibited and require companies to build systems for keeping harmful content to a bare minimum". Earlier this month, it came under fire for taking too long to take down a live video of a shooting in New Zealand and allowing it to be circulated across the internet.

Zuckerberg says that the internet has grown to the point that it needs new rules, and he writes "we need a more active role for governments and regulators".

With the idea of licensing to fund news on its site put to Mr Zuckerberg, he responded: "That's something I definitely think that we should be thinking about here, because the relationship between us and the publishers is different to a surface where we're showing the content on the basis of us believing that it's high-quality, trustworthy content". If not, we will get an ever-more Balkanized internet'.

"Every day we make decisions about what speech is harmful, what constitutes political advertising, and how to prevent sophisticated cyberattacks", he said.

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They discussed the regulation of social media, transparency in political advertising and the safety of young people and vulnerable adults. Isaac wrote an annotated analysis of Zuckerberg's post, which included four main policy areas: harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability.

"It's not clear to me why this meeting is being held privately when members of the public have serious questions about Facebook and Mr Zuckerberg has refused to attend committees to answer questions in public".

The billionaire said it'd be good for the internet if more countries adopted rules such as the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation as a common framework. Failure to adhere to the polices could result in heavy fines for web companies. This has led Facebook to ban white nationalism from the platform and discuss restrictions to its livestreaming service.

"We need to find a way to verify age without having to share sensitive data directly with Facebook or any other social media platfom", she added. Zuckerberg submitted to two days of grilling on Capitol Hill last April.

Earlier this month, Zuckerberg said he was shifting the company's focus to messaging services created to serve as fortresses of privacy.

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