Mark Zuckerberg Visited Ireland To Discuss Reform Pledge - TNBC UK

On Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is meeting Irish lawmaker after calls for more action from governments to regulate on social media.

Facebook said that the CEO will meet MP Hildegarde Naughton, Eamon Ryan, and James Lawless to discuss “a range of policy issues” whilst in Dublin.

All three are Ireland Parliamentary Communications’ Committee members, also stood as the country’s representatives on the International Grand Committee on Disinformation and Fake News.

On Saturday, the meeting comes after the Facebook CEO broke with years of the convention among internet giants, calls for governments to play a “more active role” in regulating the online sphere.

Lawless told sources that the 34-year-old Mark Zuckerberg was a “charm offensive” and now would be challenged to act on his words.

Lawless said, “One of the big issues is – is he acting in good faith?” adding that “we need to say, ‘Put your money where your mouth is’.”

On the discussion, political advertising is set to be a livewire issue with European Elections forthcoming and ongoing controversy over its role in Brexit vote.

“We know there’s dark money on many advertising campaigns on Facebook, on our social media, pushing that outcome at the moment,” added Lawless.

Zuckerberg in a weekend op-ed published claims that he would greet fresh internationally coordinated regulation in four sections- protection of elections, privacy, harmful content, and data portability.

Facebook has recently faced criticism for publication of hate speech, failed to block the live streaming of the attacks on New Zealand Mosque, and concerned on personal data security.

Currently, Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner watchdog currently investigating Facebook under new European privacy laws outlined in the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

However, Lawless claims that debate on self-designation of Facebook, as a platform rather than a publisher would be “core to the discussion”.

Historically, Facebook has used the designation to avoid obligations with moderate content.

During his visit to Ireland, the Facebook CECO will visit the California-based Firm’s Dublin Office, which is the social media giant’s international headquarters.

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