Zuckerberg sets talks in Washington on 'future regulation'

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Sep 19 2019 09:18 AM

A man poses with a magnifier in front of a Facebook logo on display in this illustration taken in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, December 16, 2015. Dado Ruvic/Illustration,Reuters/file 

WASHINGTON - Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg was expected in Washington Thursday for private talks with policymakers as the leading social network faces a myriad of regulatory and legal issues.

Zuckerberg's visit comes 5 months after his stormy appearance before Congress, where he was grilled on Facebook's data protection and privacy missteps.

"Mark will be in Washington, DC, to meet with policymakers and talk about future internet regulation. There are no public events planned," a Facebook spokesman said Wednesday.

The news comes with federal and state anti-trust enforcers looking into potential anti-competitive actions by Facebook, and with US lawmakers debating national privacy legislation.

Two months ago, the US Federal Trade Commission hit Facebook with a record $5 billion fine for data protection violations in a wide-ranging settlement that calls for revamping privacy controls and oversight at the social network.

Earlier Wednesday, executives from Facebook, Google and Twitter appeared before a Senate panel to answer questions on "digital responsibility" in the face of online violence and extremism.

Facebook announced this week it had teamed up with the London police to refine its data practices as part of a ramped-up effort to thwart live-streams of terror attacks such as the New Zealand mosque massacre.

Separately, Facebook announced it had drafted its charter for its "independent oversight board," giving the panel the authority to overrule Zuckerberg and other executives on questions of appropriate content.