Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg backs regulation of harmful content online
Mark Zuckerberg said he now employed 35,000 people to review online content and implement security measures.
Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said harmful online content should be regulated, adding that his company should be treated with a framework in between those used for existing media and telecoms companies.
"I do think that there should be regulation on harmful content ... there's a question about which framework you use for this," Zuckerberg said during a question and answer session at the Munich Security Conference.
"Right now there are two frameworks that I think people have for existing industries - there's like newspapers and existing media, and then there's the telco-type model, which is 'the data just flows through you', but you're not going to hold a telco responsible if someone says something harmful on a phone line."
"I actually think where we should be is somewhere in between," he said.
Facebook and social media giants including Twitter and Alphabet's Google have come under increasing pressure to better combat governments and political groups using their platforms to spread false and misleading information.
Zuckerberg said he now employed 35,000 people to review online content and implement security measures.
Those teams and Facebook's automated technology currently suspend more than 1 million fake accounts each day, he said, adding that "the vast majority are detected within minutes of signing up."
"Our budget is bigger today than the whole revenue of the company when we went public in 2012, when we had a billion users," he said.
"I'm proud of the results but we will definitely have to stay vigilant."
(with inputs from agencies)
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