Among fears over election advertisement and far-right increase, facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg says that governments could take a bigger role in putting more regulations on areas such as user privacy and election integrity.
The Facebook founder and chief executive emphasized that governments and regulators have to take “a more active role” as well as put stricter regulations on the internet and the social network. Zuckerberg said he believed stronger regulation should be implemented in four areas namely user privacy, election integrity, harmful content and data portability.
Mr. Zuckerberg believed that unless governments and regulators update the rules for the internet, we couldn’t make use of it and ensure the freedom of expression and business as well as protect society from expanding harms
Zuckerberg told that legislation was crucial to protect elections and it need to be updated. He also said that Facebook had already brought particular changes about political ads and it ensure the user’s benefits and freedoms.
Facebook has released that any advertisers in the EU will go through tighter checks due to the organization of European Union elections in May 2019. They need provide documents which confirm their identity and submit their location.
The company announced that all political advertisements with the sponsors on both Facebook and Instagram in the European Union must be obviously labelled.
The social network warned that it will block any advertisments without legal registration on mid-April.
Facebook will continually collaborate with experts in reviewing its policies in terms of harmful content, but Zuckerberg stated they will make argueing decisions and mistakes. Also, Facebook was creating an independent atmosphere to give people permissions to challenge its decisions.
Facebook boss added that the effective privacy and data protection required a “globally harmonised framework”, and together with the EU’s general data protection regulation (GDPR) they advocate more countries adopting rules.