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Sep192019

Mark Zuckerberg in DC Thursday to discuss 'future internet regulation'

alexsl/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is heading to Capitol Hill today for a series of closed-door meetings about "future internet regulation."

“Mark is in Washington, D.C., to meet with policymakers and talk about future internet regulation," Facebook told ABC News in a statement Thursday. "There are no public events planned.”

The tech executive's visit to the capital comes just a day after chiefs from his own company, Facebook, as well as Google and Twitter faced a Senate committee to testify about "digital responsibility" in the spread of extremism online.

Earlier this week Facebook also announced changes to its policies for combating hate and extremism on its namesake platform and Instagram, including updating its definition of terrorist organizations and revamping detection efforts.

As part of those changes, Facebook said it is working with law enforcement in the U.S. and U.K. to obtain their footage from firearms training programs to train their machine learning systems about how to spot first-person footage of violent events, such as the mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, that left 50 dead and was livestreamed online.

It is also the first time Zuckerberg has returned to Capitol Hill since he was called to testify before Congress over the company's involvement in the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal.

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