EU rejects Facebook’s proposals for online regulation

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The EU immediately rejected Facebook’s latest vision of how online content should be regulated, warning that the social media company will have to assume more responsibility for illegal material on its platforms. Mark Zuckerberg toured Brussels on Monday, meeting EU officials and journalists and publishing a white paper called “Charting the Way Forward: Online Content Regulation”. The 13-page document suggested that there should be global, rather than national, policies on what is permissible and that internet companies should not face any liability for content on their platforms or free speech would be limited. Instead, Facebook said internet companies should be held to account for whether they have standards and systems in place to combat illegal content. It also argued that companies should be given flexibility to allow them to experiment with content moderation technology. Thierry Breton, the French commissioner overseeing the bloc’s data strategy, rejected the plans after meeting Mr Zuckerberg, saying Facebook was being slow in coming forward with ideas on how to remove illegal content and warning that the EU was preparing to act. Recommended Letter Letter: Remove Zuckerberg and Sandberg from their posts “It’s not enough. It’s too slow, it’s too low in terms of responsibility and regulation,” said Mr Breton, adding that Facebook had not mentioned its market dominance. The European Commission would examine the company’s work in using artificial intelligence to detect dangerous content and pull it off the web, and take this into consideration, he said. But he added: “If we see that it’s not what we need regarding our own standards, we will have to regulate and put this in our [Digital Services Act]” — a piece of legislation due from the commission later this year. I want companies like Facebook to make an extra effort to help defend our democracies Vera Jourova Mr Zuckerberg also met other senior EU officials, including Vera Jourova, the commission’s vice-president in charge of transparency and values. She wants the “black box” algorithms that power parts of the internet to be open to “audit” by researchers and other third parties so the public has a better idea of what determines what it watches and consumes via the web.

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