FILE PHOTO: Facebook manager Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a hearing about the house's energy and trade committee on the company's use and protection of user data on Capitol Hill in Washington, USA, April 1
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook director Mark Zuckerberg called Saturday to regulators to play a "more active role" in establishing rules that govern the internet, as the world's largest social media network is struggling to endure criticism.
Zuckerberg, who is under pressure not to have sufficient police content and protects the user's privacy on the platform, wrote in a Washington Post article that a "standardized approach" to removing content would help keep internet businesses accountable.  "By updating the rules of the Internet, we can preserve what is best about it – the freedom to express oneself and for entrepreneurs to build new things – while protecting the community from wider injuries," Zuckerberg wrote.
His comments followed a Washington Post report stating that the US government and Facebook negotiated a multi-billion dollar decision over the company's privacy lapses.
Zuckerberg also called for updated legislation aimed at protecting elections, including new rules aimed at electronic political advertising that "reflect the reality of the threats" that social media business is facing.
US .. intelligence and law enforcement agencies say Russian internet riders helped spread splitting content and disinformation on Facebook in the run-up to the US presidential election in 2016.
Reporting by Christopher Bing; Editing by Richard Chang