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Zuckerberg in the ARD interview: in Need of more active role of policy

What are the prohibited content in social networks? Facebook have Power in these decisions too much, said CEO Zuckerberg ARD-capital Studio . In June, experts will discuss about it in Berlin.

Christian field: Mr Zuckerberg, we are talking about what they call inappropriate content. There are quite different views of what is, for example, hate speech. You yourself say that we have too much Power in these decisions. What is the solution?

Mark Zuckerberg : We are at a point where we need a more active role of the policy and a clear description of what companies and governments are responsible. A lot of people say we have too much Power when it comes to expressions of opinion. I agree with that.

2018 Zuckerberg in front of the EU Parliament, promised to improve.

I don't think a single company should have so many choices as we do what exactly hate speech and political expression. The society should choose. The Ideal would be a democratic process, in the governments and laws more are involved, to say clearly what the obligations of Internet services. In the meantime, we are working on it, an independent body for the content.

field: what will that look Like exactly?

Zuckerberg : imagine this as a group of experts for freedom of expression and security of the members of the Facebook Community can appeal. And the decisions of the independent panel will be binding. If the decide that we have something deleted wrongly, then it appears again. There is, then, no matter what I think personally or our team at Facebook.

How to get the panel exactly will look like, we are working on in the course of the year. There are some pilot projects, one in Berlin in June, where we want to bring a lot of scientists and experts together. But this is not the last step. We want to help a democratic process in which governments and legislators to put some of these guidelines.

field: , The elections to the EU Parliament. How much fear you have, that Facebook is being misused in these elections?

Zuckerberg : We have a lot of steps have been taken to strengthen the defences against such influence. We know that nation-States will try, in these elections. The question is: What are our defense mechanisms that prevent, and it is clearly more difficult to make?

In the EU, we now check the identity of anyone who wants to turn a political display. You must provide us with a national ID card, to switch to a display or a large page with a lot of spread. We archive the Show. Each political advertisement will be for a period of seven years accessible to the public. You can see who has switched, to whom it was addressed, how much was paid, who was reached.

I'm confident that our defense mechanisms have become stronger. But we need to continue to work, because our opponents also evolve.

field: you have talked about the future. Has Facebook failed in the past, the prevent abuse?

Zuckerberg : Without a doubt, nation-States, and certain bad actors have tried to influence via Social Media elections. When I think of our responsibility, has changed our role. We were on these issues reactively. We have to rely on the Users in our Community that you have reported to us restricted content or governments have contacted us.

In the US election in 2017, was from Russia, choice of targeted advertising.

This is not enough. We have a responsibility to be actively involved and to develop systems of Artificial intelligence. If the content is harmful, we should be able to detect it and remove it before someone sees you.

field: you have at the weekend more regulation is required. In Germany, there has been a lot of skeptical comments. The policy changed here?

Zuckerberg : Yes. I don't think it's been two or three years our Position. But the deeper I am in it since issues such as harmful content or political influence got, the more I've realized that we can do a lot - and that we have a responsibility.

But I think that all of these decisions, the company should alone cases. If we were to design the rules of the Internet from scratch today, would we create it so that companies would have to set up the rules themselves.

We have a responsibility to develop systems to enforce the rules. But what exactly is allowed and what are the political expressions of opinion, should be decided on a broader Basis in society.

field: An allegation by critics is: they are calling for more regulation, because it is the only large Tech-companies will be able to implement this. Thus, Facebook would have an advantage over smaller firms.

Zuckerberg : This is not my motive. Of course, it is always the case for any regulation that larger companies have more resources to implement them. But, if I call, for example, a framework such as the European data protection basic regulation (DSGVO) to implement, then it would make the for Startups and founders actually easier.

The Alternative is a patchwork of different rules, which small firms would have a lot more work to comply with them. If we say: The DSGVO is a strong base, and each country adopted something similar, then it would end up easier for companies to adhere to it.

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