IMAGE FILE name: the Microsoft logo is seen in Los Angeles, California, USA, November 7, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo
In NEW YORK, SAN FRANCISCO, california (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp’s President and Chief Legal Officer, Brad Smith, said on Friday that the technology companies are the most likely to change the way they are only on the online platform in response to the new legislation by foreign governments, regardless of whether or not the US lawmakers to act, to change a U.S. law that has allowed social media platforms to thrive.
Smith said that the Section 230 of the US Communications Decency Act, which says that the tech companies can’t be sued for what the users of their online platforms to say, there was a need for a law in the late 1990s, when it was first passed, but the tech companies are now more mature, and have a new level of responsibility for what they say on their site.
He also said that other countries such as New Zealand, the adoption of such laws in the wake of incidents such as the massacre in the city of Christchurch earlier in the year, which was streamed live on social media platforms.
“The legislation around the world is about to change, as well as the technology is global, and the Us companies will have to adopt a new approach, even as the United States of america and the Congress don’t do anything,” Smith said in an interview with Reuters, Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler in New York city. Smith spoke with Reuters as part of a tour to promote his newly-released book, “the Tools and the Weapons.”
In the interview, Smith said, Microsoft has refused to respond to requests from the government for the facial recognition software in cases where their fears of abuse, and will not sell the technology to the monitoring process.
“We will not be selling face-tracking services for the purposes of mass surveillance around the world,”
Microsoft has called for greater regulation of facial recognition technology, which has been used in China for the track, those from ethnic minorities. Smith stopped to make a phone call for an outright ban on the technology, says that Microsoft is not of the opinion that it is valid and has asserted that the government should be quicker to adjust.
“It’s hard to innovate if you do not have to make use of, and it’s hard to do when you can’t innovate,” Smith said.
Report by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco, and the Sheila Dang, in New York, editing by Louise Heavens and Steve Orlofsky