Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has called for regulators and governments to play a “more active role” in establishing rules that govern the internet.
Mr Zuckerberg, whose company is under pressure for failing to adequately police hate speech and protect user privacy on its platform, wrote in an opinion piece for the Washington Post that a “standardised approach” for removing content would help keep internet companies “accountable.”
“By updating the rules for the internet, we can preserve what’s best about it — the freedom for people to express themselves and for entrepreneurs to build new things — while also protecting society from broader harms,” Mr Zuckerberg wrote.
Mr Zuckerberg called for regulations in four specific areas that have posed problems for the company in recent years: harmful content; election integrity; privacy; and data portability.
Writing that Facebook had created an independent body to whom users could appeal decisions on content removal, Mr Zuckerberg said he agreed with politicians who say his social media platform had “too much power over speech”.
He said he believed the company “shouldn’t make so many important decisions about speech on our own”.
His comments come after Facebook announced it would ban praise, support and representation of white nationalism and white separatism on the platform in the wake of the Christchurch shooting.
He called for online political advertising laws to cover divisive political issues, not just focus on candidates or only apply during elections.
On the issue of privacy he called for a “globally harmonised framework” of regulations around privacy and data protection, so companies were not dealing with laws which differed by state or country.
He also called for clear regulation over who was responsible for protecting personal information shared and moved between different services.
Mr Zuckerberg’s comments come after chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg promised to explore restrictions on live-streaming in the wake of the Christchurch attacks.
Ms Sandberg said the social media giant agrees with calls it must do more.