Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Wants Governments To Regulate Online Speech

Posted 5.10.2019 by Steeve Strange

In a lengthy post on his public Facebook page on Friday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that he “just met with President Emmanuel Macron in Paris to discuss new rules and regulations for the internet.”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg with French President Emmanuel Macron (Image via Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook)

Zuckerberg said that both he and French President Macron “both believe governments should take a more active role around important issues like balancing expression and safety, privacy and data portability, and preventing election interference.”

Zuckerberg, who has an open animosity for free speech, went on to virtue signal that Facebook has automated systems in place that “now proactively identify 65% of the hate speech we take down before it’s even reported — up from 24% a year ago.”

The next part of Zuckerberg’s post is quite concerning. Zuckerberg expressed his desire for the government to regulate content “that isn’t illegal but might cause harm.” The Facebook CEO stated that regulating non-illegal but offensive content “is an area where I believe companies should not make these decisions by themselves and there should be a public process with democratically elected governments.”

Zuckerberg added during his meeting with President Marcon, “the French government shared their recommendations for a new model that sets guidelines around what’s considered harmful.” In other words, the French government admitted to Zuckerberg that the concept of free speech is not a value the French government is that concerned with protecting.

Zuckerberg wrote that he believes collaboration between Facebook and the French government will “create a more consistent approach across the industry and ensure companies are held accountable for enforcing our standards against this content.”

Zuckerberg concluded his Facebook post by stating that the meeting between Facebook and the French government was Facebook’s “first official collaboration on regulation with a government, and we’re hopeful this process could work for other countries.”

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