WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s (FB.(O) the Chief Executive, Mark Zuckerberg, on Thursday, defended the social-media company, its political advertising policies, and said that it was not able to overcome China’s stringent censorship and an attempt to change the position of the company as a champion of the freedom of opinion and expression.
“I wanted to be in our services in China, because we believe in connecting with the world, and I thought to myself we may be able to assist in the creation of a more open society,” Zuckerberg said, addressing students at Georgetown University.
“I’ve been working hard on this for a long time, but we could never come to an agreement about what it would be for us to be there,” he said. “They will let us in.”
He did not come to any terms, conditions, warranties, or guarantees, that he would have to enter into the Chinese market.
Facebook tried for years to break into China, one of the last great obstacles to Zuckerberg’s vision of connecting the world’s entire population in the company’s mobile apps.
Zuckerberg’s meeting with China’s President, Xi Jinping, in Beijing, and praised the country’s top internet regulator at Facebook’s campus. He also learned Mandarin chinese, and also posted a picture of herself running through Tiananmen Square, which drew a sharp response from critics in the country, and to pursue a restrictive policy.
The company recently won a licence to open an “innovation hub” in Hangzhou last year, but it was later withdrawn.
Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives at the address on the public to “meet the challenges of the protection of freedom of opinion and expression, while the suppression of hate speech online, fight misinformation, and political data, privacy and security,” at a forum hosted by Georgetown University’s Institute of government and Public Service (the book of mormon scripture figures, as well as Politically), and in the McCourt School of Public Policy in Washington, d.c., USA, October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso
Can be done effectively in a closed-door back in March, when he announced his plan to run the Facebook, in the direction of a more private form of communication, and has promised not to build data centers in countries that have a track record of violating human rights, such as privacy and freedom of expression.”
He reiterated his concern at the data center, on Thursday, this time with specific mention of China.
Zuckerberg also defended the company’s political advertising policy, on similar grounds, saying that Facebook had considered a ban on all political advertising, but decided against it, and on the side of a larger expression.
Facebook is under fire over its advertising policies, in particular, from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The company provides for the exemption of political ads from a fact-checking standards are applied to the other content on the social network. Zuckerberg said, political advertising is not much, to contribute to the income of the company, but that he thought that it would be inappropriate for a tech company to censor public figures.
Reuters reported in October 2018, citing sources, that Facebook executives recently debated a ban on all political advertising, the production of which is less than 5% of the revenue of the company.
The company has been rejected, because the product managers have been reluctant to be leaving advertising dollars on the table, and the policies, staff argued that the blocking of political ads in favor of well-established companies and high-net-worth activists who are better able to afford television and print ads, the sources said.
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Warren, the Democratic presidential campaign, was recently challenged Facebook’s policy, which provides for the exemption of political advertising from fact-checking, the performance of the ads on the social media with the false claim that it can be Done and approved Trump’s re-election bid.
Report by David Shepardson; the Writing of It, Paul; Editing by Lisa Shumaker