Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg has said governments and regulators should play “a more active role” in policing the internet and the standards of big online companies.
Mr Zuckerberg said this in an open letter following the criticisms Facebook has been facing for not doing enough to quickly take down harmful content and hate speech, especially, the New Zealand terror attack, and for not being transparent enough over who is paying for political ads.
Responding to the critics, Zuckerberg said firms such as his had huge responsibilities in deciding matters such as which content is harmful and what constitutes political advertising.
“If we were starting from scratch, we wouldn’t ask companies to make these judgments alone,” he said.
Facebook’s CEO added “By updating the rules for the internet, we can preserve what’s best about it – the freedom for people to express themselves and for entrepreneurs to build new things – while also protecting society from broader harms.”
To curb harmful practices on its platform Facebook responded to some of the criticism by announcing a ban on content promoting white nationalism and separatism.
Zuckerberg also disclosed that is also looking at restrictions on live video streaming.