FILE PHOTO: Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies at a House Financial Services Committee listening to in Washington, U.S., October 23, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott
May 18, 2020
By Foo Yun Chee
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU business chief Thierry Breton on Monday warned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that his social media agency and different tech giants could also be subjected to robust guidelines if they don’t step up efforts to take down disinformation.
“When you are the CEO, at the end of the day, you are the only one to be responsible, no one else,” Breton stated throughout a web-based occasion organised by the Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE).
Breton informed Zuckerberg three months in the past, throughout a go to to Brussels, that he should adapt to Europe’s requirements, and never the different method spherical.
Regulators round the world have urged social platforms similar to Facebook, Google and Twitter to do extra to cease the stream of disinformation, particularly coronavirus-related fake news.
“It’s a huge issue. We have discussions with many persons including Mark and I really appreciate the efforts. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t,” Breton stated.
“At the end of the day, the mission of the CEO is to listen to everyone, then to take a decision. At the end of the day, it will be Mark who will be responsible and nobody else.”
He stated sturdy laws could be launched if the corporations didn’t present progress. The European Commission is at the moment drafting a digital providers act that may rein in U.S. tech giants, particularly these seen as gatekeepers to info.
Zuckerberg reiterated his name for governments to manage dangerous on-line content material, saying it was not for corporations similar to his to resolve on the concern.
(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Kevin Liffey)