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Facebook CEO calls updated internet regulations

FILE PHOTO: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing with respect to the company, the use and protection of the data of the user on Capitol Hill in Washington, USA, April 11, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg called on a Saturday for supervisors to play an “active role” in the laying down of rules for the internet, as the world’s largest social media network struggles to defuse criticism.

Zuckerberg, whose company is under pressure not sufficient to police the content and protect the privacy of the user on the platform, wrote in the Washington Post an article that a “standardized approach” for the removal of content would help to internet companies “accountable.”

“By updating the rules for the Internet, we can preserve what is best about – the freedom for people to express themselves and for entrepreneurs in the building of new things – while also the protection of society from a broader harms,” Zuckerberg wrote.

His comments followed a Washington Post report saying that the US government and Facebook were negotiating a multibillion-dollar fine settlement from the company about privacy lapses.

Zuckerberg also called for updated regulations aimed at protecting the elections, including new rules focused on the online political advertising that “reflect the reality of the threats” facing social media companies.

The AMERICAN intelligence and law enforcement agencies say Russian internet trolls helped spread discord content and misinformation on Facebook in the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Reporting by Christopher Bing; Editing by Richard Chang

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