Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to consult with policymakers about web policy

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Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.


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Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is headed back to Washington, DC. On Wednesday, Facebook stated the tech magnate will be consulting with policymakers today to talk about the future of web policy. 

There are no public occasions prepared, a Facebook representative stated. He decreased to state whether Zuckerberg would be consulting with President Donald Trump or share anymore information about the check out.

The Washington Post and Axios, which previously reported the check out, stated it’s Zuckerberg initially understood check out to Washington given that April 2018 when he affirmed prior to legislators in the wake of a significant personal privacy scandal. Cambridge Analytica, a UK political consultancy, gathered the information of approximately 87 million Facebook users without their consent.

Zuckerberg in March released an op-ed in The Washington Post requiring for federal government and regulators to play a “more active role” when it concerns hazardous material, election stability, personal privacy and information mobility.

Tensions in between Facebook and federal governments continue to intensify as the business fights more personal privacy scandals and attempts to fight false information, hate speech and other offending material. The Federal Trade Commission just recently struck Facebook with a record $5 billion fine for its supposed personal privacy incidents. Facebook has actually dealt with allegations that it reduces conservative speech however consistently rejects doing so. Zuckerberg will consult with United States Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican who presented a costs in June that would make tech business like Facebook accountable for political predisposition, according to Axios. Sen. Hawley didn’t instantly react to an ask for remark.

This week, the business launched more information about how a brand-new board to supervise material choices will work.

On Wednesday, agents from Twitter, Facebook and Google affirmed prior to Senate legislators about what they do to keep violence and extremism off their websites. The Washington Post reported that legislators are likewise preparing legislation that would “create a ‘national commission’ at the Department of Homeland Security to study the ways that social media can be weaponized.” CNET has actually not seen a copy of the draft costs.


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