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Zuckerberg meets EU officials as bloc’s new tech rules loom

Zuckerberg meets EU officials as bloc’s new tech rules loom

Technology
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has met top European Union officials on a visit to BrusselsBy KELVIN CHAN Associated PressFebruary 17, 2020, 4:35 PM3 min readLONDON -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met top European Union officials on a visit to Brussels on Monday, days before the bloc is expected to release new proposals on regulating artificial intelligence. The billionaire social network founder is the latest U.S. tech executive to make the trip to the headquarters of the EU, which is becoming an increasingly important player in technology regulation. Zuckerberg's visit came as the company warned that potential regulation risked stifling innovation. Zuckerberg met Margrethe Vestager, the EU's powerful executive vice president in charge of making Europe “fit for the digital age.” He also ha
Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook boss urges tighter regulation

Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook boss urges tighter regulation

Business
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has called for more regulation of harmful online content, saying it was not for companies like his to decide what counts as legitimate free speech.Citing China, Mr Zuckerberg also warned excessive control risked stifling individual expression. He was speaking at the Munich Security Conference in Germany. Social media giants like Facebook are under increasing pressure to stop the spread of false information.Facebook in particular has been criticised for its policy on political advertising. The company launched new policies for political advertising in the US in 2018 and globally the following year. These rules require political ads to display who had paid for them, and a copy of the ad is kept in a pu...
Mark Zuckerberg decides to ditch new year personal challenge

Mark Zuckerberg decides to ditch new year personal challenge

Technology
Traditionally, at the beginning of each year Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg takes on a personal challenge.These have ranged from learning Mandarin, to visiting every state in the US, to last year's promise to host public discussions about tech.After a difficult year for Facebook, the tech billionaire has decided to ditch his yearly challenges in favour of longer-term reflection.He added how excited he is about "a new private social platform" in the future.Laying out his thoughts in a blogpost, Mr Zuckerberg said: "Rather than having year-to-year challenges, I've tried to think about what I hope the world and my life will look like in 2030."By then, he added, "we'll have the technology to feel truly present with another person ...
Facebook’s Zuckerberg grilled over Libra currency plan

Facebook’s Zuckerberg grilled over Libra currency plan

Technology
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has tried to reassure sceptical US lawmakers over the safety of the social network's proposed digital currency Libra.At a fractious hearing in Washington, members of Congress attacked plans for the payment system, warning it could be abused by criminals and terrorists. Mr Zuckerberg was also challenged over claims that he had lied to US regulators in the past.But he promised Libra would not be launched without government approval. He said Facebook would leave the Libra Association if the consortium tried to launch a cryptocurrency without the permission of US regulators. Facebook's partners yet to commit money to Libra Facebook's digital currency dealt another blow Mr Zuckerberg's appearance before the House Committee on Finan...

Zuckerberg security chief accused of misconduct leaves job

Technology
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's personal security chief won't be returning to his job after being accused of sexual misconduct and slurs that included racist remarks about Zuckerberg's wife, Priscilla Chan. The parting of ways announced Monday comes five weeks after a Business Insider article uncovered a litany of allegations against Liam Booth, whose LinkedIn profile described him as a former Security Service officer who had been working with Zuckerberg's family charity since 2017. Booth had been placed on leave since the allegations surfaced. Although its investigation didn't substantiate the accusations, Zuckerberg's family office said Booth agreed he shouldn't return to work to minimize "distractions." The Bloom Firm, whose lawyers are representing employees accusing Booth, didn't imme...