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The Next Web Conversation on Preparing for the US Elections and Balancing Regulation and Innovation

Last week, Vice President of Global Affairs and Communications Nick Clegg spoke with Richard Waters of the Financial Times, as part of The Next Web conference, about how to balance regulation and innovation.

As part of this discussion, Nick explained the new measures Facebook has put in place to protect the 2020 US presidential election, its efforts to protect elections around the world since 2016, progress in removing harmful content, and the need for a solution to EU-US data flows to avoid economic damage.

The full discussion can be watched above.

New measures to protect the 2020 US election

This is a polarized and aggressive election at a difficult time for the world and for the country, in the midst of this pandemic and its damaging socioeconomic effects.

One of the things we’re focused on is what happens after the election.

We have learned from the mistakes of the 2016 election and are far better equipped to protect elections

Facebook has moved with enormous ambition and speed since the mistakes of the 2016 election, which clearly shook the company down to its roots. These come on top of four years of work to make sure that 2020 is, at least as far as Facebook is concerned, an election which is conducted on our platform better than it was in 2016.

We’ve made significant progress detecting and removing harmful content

So the question is, are we able to hold ourselves to account for making significant progress in meeting people’s expectations at scale? Two years ago we were only able to identify 23% of hate speech before it’s reported to us, but we now do so in over 90% of cases. This shows that our machine learning tools, and in particular AI systems, are able to operate at scale. Last year we removed 6.5 billion fake accounts, which is significant progress.

A new solution for EU-US data flows is needed to avoid a dramatic shock to the data economy

The European Court of Justice first struck down Safe Harbour, then struck down Privacy Shield, and now the Irish Data Protection Commissioner appears to be raising questions about the use of Standard Contract Clauses, which are used by the vast majority of companies in Europe.

At the heart of this is the court’s view that the data protections which are afforded to EU citizens cannot be guaranteed in view of the US surveillance patterns. This is even though those EU data protection provisions explicitly carve out for EU member states surveillance powers which in many ways are just as intrusive as the American surveillance powers.

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Oct 14, 2020 at 04:19

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