It’s for Facebook to adapt to EU’s standards, now not the other way round, says EU industry chief

It’s for Facebook to adapt to EU’s standards, now not the other way round, says EU industry chief

EU enterprise commissioner Thierry Breton stated on Monday it was once for Facebook to adapt to Europe’s standards, now not the other way round, as he criticised the US social media giant’s proposed web policies as insufficient.

The blunt comments came after a quick assembly with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and two days before Breton is due to present the first of a raft of guidelines to rein in US tech giants and state-aided Chinese companies.

“It’s now not for us to adapt to this company, it’s for this business enterprise to adapt to us,” Breton, a former CEO at French telecoms company Orange and French technology organization Atos , informed newshounds after the meeting.

Zuckerberg had in the past informed newshounds he had a good, wide-ranging conversation with Breton.

Breton additionally stated he would figure out by using the cease of the year whether to undertake tough policies as section of the digital services act to adjust online platforms and set out their responsibilities.

He pushed aside a discussion paper issued with the aid of Facebook on Monday that rejects what it calls intrusive policies and suggests looser regulations whereby companies would periodicially record content material and post enforcement data.

“It’s now not enough,” Breton said, adding that Facebook had unnoticed any point out of its market dominance and also failed to spell out its responsibilities.


EU justice chief Vera Jourova, who additionally met Zuckerberg, was equally adamant on Facebook’s position in the battle in opposition to online hate speech, disinformation and election manipulation.


“Facebook can't push away all the responsibility. Facebook and Mr Zuckerberg have to reply themselves a question ‘who do they choose to be’ as a agency and what values they desire to promote,” she said in a statement.

“It will not be up to governments or regulators to make sure that Facebook needs to be a pressure of properly or bad.”

Breton will announce proposals on Wednesday aimed at exploiting the EU’s trove of industrial records and challenging the dominance of Facebook, Google and Amazon. It will announce policies to govern the use of artificial talent too, which will additionally have an effect on groups such as Facebook.

Referring to the opportunity that the EU may also keep web corporations responsible for hate speech and different illegal speech published on their platforms, Facebook in its dialogue report said this not noted the nature of the internet.

It urged regulators to recognize the capabilities and boundaries of technology in assessing content and enable web agencies the flexibility to innovate.

Zuckerberg’s visit came on the heels of visits by way of Alphabet Chief Executive Sundar Pichai and Microsoft President Brad Smith to Brussels final month.