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In an op-ed published by The Washington Post, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg calls for internet regulation in four areas. Perhaps he is pressing ahead to shape inevitable regulation in his company’s favor, or maybe he wants to ensure that others face the same scrutiny as his prominent platform does. Some commentators have accused Zuckerberg of trying to outsource the costs and responsibility for protecting the public from potential misuses of his platform. Regardless of his motives, Zuckerberg’s proposal for a new regulatory framework constitutes a sensible starting point for discussing the future of internet governance.

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Mark Zuckerberg is founder and CEO of the social media platform Facebook. 


Governments and international regulatory bodies must provide the ground rules and actively monitor the internet to protect society from harmful and misleading content and to ensure people’s right to privacy and data portability. In particular, new internet regulations must address four specific areas:

  1. “Harmful content” – The internet must remain open for free speech, but both regulators and service providers have to protect the public from harmful content, such as incitements to terrorism and hate speech. Platform providers shouldn’t have sole power over – and responsibility...

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