October 18, 2019

Mark Zuckerberg talks about threats to free speech and creation of oversight board

By Kelly Tyko

Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday that he’s creating an independemt oversight board for people to turn to, to appeal Facebook’s content decisions.

In a public livestream from Georgetown University Thursday, he spoke of the increase in laws and regulations around the world that he said would undermine free expression and human rights.

“I’m committed to the values we’re discussing today, but we won’t always get it right. I understand people are concerned that we have so much control over how they communicate on our services,” Zuckerberg said during his 35-minute speech. “Frankly, I don’t think we should be making so many important decisions about speech on our own either. We’d benefit from a more democratic process, clearer rules for the internet, and new institutions.”