EU’s Breton tells Facebook’s Zuckerberg the fake news buck stops with him

FILE PHOTO: Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies in a House Financial Services Committee hearing Washington, U.S., October 23, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU industry leader Thierry Breton on Monday cautioned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg his social networking company and other technology giants could possibly be subjected to demanding rules if they don’t step up attempts to eliminate disinformation.

“When you are the CEO, at the end of the day, you are the only one to be responsible, no one else,” Breton stated through an internet event ordered by the Centre on Regulation at Europe (CERRE).

Breton advised Zuckerberg three weeks ago, during a trip to Brussels, he has to adapt to Europe’s criteria, rather than the other way around.

Regulators around the planet have advocated social programs for example Facebook, Google and Twitter to do much more to prevent the stream of disinformation( particularly coronavirus-related fake news.

“It’s a huge issue. We have discussions with many persons including Mark and I really appreciate the efforts. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t,” Breton said.

“At the end of the day, the mission of the CEO is to listen to everyone, then to take a decision. At the end of the day, it will be Mark who will be responsible and nobody else.”

He said strong regulations could be released if the businesses didn’t reveal progress. The European Commission is now deploying digital solutions behave which will rein in U.S. technology giants, particularly those viewed as gatekeepers to information.

Zuckerberg reiterated his demand authorities to govern harmful online content, stating it wasn’t for companies like his or her pick on the problems.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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