Zuckerberg Wants Western Countries to Lead Regulation
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, called on Western nations to lead development of new regulations for technology giants. He argued that a model based on democratic values is needed to counter a more oppressive framework emerging from China.
During a debate with Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Zuckerberg said it is increasingly clear private companies such as Facebook shouldn’t be left to decide what content is allowed on the internet and there needs to be some more independent governance around that. He expressed concern some countries might be tempted to adopt a dangerous model pioneered in China, which he said gives the government more control over data and less respect for human rights.
“The best antidote would be a clear regulatory framework from Western democratic countries which we can show works well and point to as an alternative global standard. I don’t think that there’s a question that there’s going to be regulation. I think the question is whose framework is going to win around the world?” said Zuckerberg.
Breton urged Zuckerberg not to wait for new governance guidelines before acting, arguing technology companies can use their knowledge of European values to understand how they need to behave. He added that it will take years to develop new rules and thinks it’s important to anticipate what could create a bad reaction which would force them to regulate.