Brussels pushes back on Zuckerberg pitch - was given a cold reception by senior EU officials.
Brussels pushes back on Zuckerberg pitch
Facebook’s CEO was given a cold reception by senior EU officials.
By MARK SCOTT, STEPHEN BROWN, LAURA KAYALI AND MELISSA HEIKKILÄ Updated
Mark Zuckerberg came to Brussels looking to make friends.
But in a number of high-profile meetings Monday, European officials responded: no thanks.
Facebook's chief executive was scolded for the company's involvement in a series of recent scandals, asked to do more to clamp down on widespread misinformation on its global platform and urged to take greater responsibility for the role that the social networking giant plays in people's daily lives.
The cold reception comes as the tech giant is facing mounting regulatory pressure in Europe, the United States and beyond. In response, Zuckerberg has pledged billions of dollars in resources to clamp down on everything from fake news to privacy violations — promises that have been met with widespread skepticism from policymakers across the globe.
"I spent time saying that when you have such a big position, you need to anticipate the role that you play in our societies and economies, and not wait for regulators or governments to tell you what you have to do," said Thierry Breton, Europe's commissioner for internal markets.
"Facebook cannot push away all the responsibility" — European Commission Vice President Vera Jourová
"It's up to them to see the impact of their responsibility before we tell them so," the French policymaker added.
The pushback followed a full-court charm offensive by Zuckerberg to woo local lawmakers in his first trip to Brussels in early 2018 in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal.
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