Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Friday for talks amid increasing pressure on the social media giant to honour pledges to tackle hate speech and misinformation online. The visit comes against the backdrop of regulators worldwide urging social media platforms to shoulder more responsibility for what their users post. The encounter is also timed with Macron's EU campaign, with the May vote seen as the French President's first national test since becoming president two years ago on promises to transform France and revive a tired Europe. Macron has been one of Europe's most vocal critics of social media giants, hitting out at them for not doing enough to tackle harmful content and warning that regulators will take action. Facebook’s Zuckerberg meets Macron amid pressure to stanch misinformation, hate speech https://t.co/UuPLc6f6Sq pic.twitter.com/hB0fLlHlyr — FRANCE 24 (@FRANCE24) May 10, 2019 Mark Zuckerberg himself recently admitted the need for greater oversight. As part of an experiment, Facebook in recent months has allowed French regulators to observe first-hand its efforts to stamp out extremist content. "Facebook's teams have really played along well," France's Digital Minister Cédric O told AFP last month. An Elysee official confirmed the regulators' findings will be presented Friday, and could be instrumental in guiding French and possibly European legislation on social media. READ MORE: Facebook Reportedly Auto-Generating Extremist Videos, Infuriating Twitter Users France is currently debating… Read full this story
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