Facebook CEO Says Chinese Internet Model ‘Really Dangerous’

When you’re the CEO of a company that’s been labelled dangerous in one of last year’s most successful books (Shoshana Zuboff’s The Age of Surveillance Capitalism named Facebook and Google as the companies keeping all your data for their profit) then it is always a good idea to state that others are more dangerous than you.

And thus, Facebook CEO MarK Zuckerberg did exactly that and labelled the Chinese internet model as ‘really dangerous’ during a panel discussion with Thierry Breton, the EU’s industry chief.

During an online event organised by the Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE), the subject of China and it’s response to the recent Coronacrisis came up regularly.

Zuckerberg warns over China

“That [spread] is really dangerous. I worry about that kind of model spreading to other countries,” Zuckerberg said about the way the Chinese government has framed internet access to their 1 billion citizens.

“The best antidote is having a clear regulatory framework that comes out of Western democratic countries and can become a standard around the world.”

Zuckerberg is of course also critical of Facebook rival TikTok, the highly popular messaging app of Chinese origin that complies with Beijing’s censorship of messages about any Hong Kong protests.

EU warns over Facebook’s fake news

On the other hand, the EU’s industry czar Breton also warned the Facebook CEO that he had to do more to counter fake news and adverts regarding corona on his site.

“It’s a huge issue. We have discussions with many persons including Mark and I really appreciate the efforts. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t,” Breton stated.

“At the end of the day, the mission of the CEO is to listen to everyone, then to take a decision. At the end of the day, it will be Mark who will be responsible and nobody else.”

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