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European Union rejects Mark Zuckerberg's offer on regulating online content

The European Union (EU) has rejected Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's offer on online content regulation, saying the social networking platform must take responsibility for harmful, fake and illegal content.

On Monday, Zuckerberg had proposed reforms regarding the regulation of Facebook's online content with the slogan "charting a way forward: online content regulation".

After meeting the Facebook CEO in Brussels, EU industry commissioner Thierry Breton said the proposed Internet rules are insufficient and it was for Facebook to adapt and adherer to Europe's standards, not the other way round.

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Breton who is tasked with overseeing the bloc's data strategy, said Facebook "was being slow in coming forward with ideas on how to remove illegal content and warning that the EU was preparing to act."

Last year, Zuckerberg called for governments to work with online platforms to create and adopt new regulation for online content, noting, "It's impossible to remove all harmful content from the Internet, but when people use dozens of different sharing services all with their own policies and processes we need a more standardised approach."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What concerns me deeply here, is the rush to censor allegedly "illegal content", without first actually defining it; this is a very slippery slope when it comes to outlawing certain language, which may anger us, or make us feel bad relative to what is being said.

But don't most humans have the "horse sense" to differentiate between what is merely offensive, and that which is just plain bad information on line?!?

Apparently, Neither Zuckerberg nor Breton believe that people do; now, I find that very offensive, myself!! :-)

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