Zuckerberg Urges Tighter Online Regulation

Mark Zuckerberg said Saturday, February 15, that social media companies need more guidance and regulation from governments in order to tackle the growing problem of harmful online content, reported CNBC.

“Even if I’m not going to agree with every regulation in the near term, I do think it’s going to be the thing that helps creates trust and better governance of the internet and will benefit everyone, including us over the long term,” Zuckerberg told an audience at the Munich Security Conference.

“In the absence of that kind of regulation, we will continue doing our best, we are going to build up the muscle to do it, to basically find stuff as proactively as possible,” he said, adding that he did not want Facebook to contribute to polarization or misinformation.

“To the contrary, I want us to be a force for bringing people closer together,” he said at the annual security forum.

Facebook has dealt with a number of headaches over the past few years. The company had to overcome the fallout from Russian interference during the 2016 US presidential election, 2018′s Cambridge Analytica scandal, and the launch of four separate antitrust-focused investigations in the US into the company in 2019.

The tech boss said he now employs 35,000 people to review online content and that his teams currently suspend more than a million fake accounts each day. The social media giant has previously stated that the number of users continues to grow, claiming 2.9 billion monthly users across its family of apps.

While in Europe, Zuckerberg is expected to take meetings with European politicians in Munich and Brussels to discuss data practices, regulation and tax reform.

Full Content: CNBC

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