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Sci-Tech
Wednesday Mar 24 2021
By
Reuters

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg outlines reform for internet rules

By
Reuters
Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg speaking during a conference. — Reuters/File 

  • Zuckerberg says companies should have immunity from liability if they follow best practices for removing damaging material.
  • Acknowledges giving companies like Facebook immunity from liability for content posted by users.
  • Facebook has been under fire for misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic and the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections.


WASHINGTON: Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg outlined steps on Wednesday to reform internet rules. The CEO said companies should have immunity from liability only if they follow best practices for removing damaging material from their platforms.

In testimony prepared for a hearing before House Energy and Commerce subcommittees on Thursday, Zuckerberg acknowledged the calls for changes to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act which gives companies like Facebook immunity from liability for content posted by users.

Facebook, along with Twitter and Alphabet’s Google whose CEOs Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai also testify on Thursday, have been under fire from Democrats for misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic and the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections, some of it posted by foreign actors.

“We believe Congress should consider making platforms’ intermediary liability protection for certain types of unlawful content conditional on companies’ ability to meet best practices to combat the spread of this content,” he said in prepared testimony.

“Platforms should not be held liable if a particular piece of content evades its detection—that would be impractical for platforms with billions of posts per day,” he wrote.