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Facebook and Google pledge to fight internet abuse

Ben Bradford Nov 7, 2018
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A picture taken in Paris on May 16, 2018 shows the logo of the social network Facebook on a broken screen of a mobile phone.
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Facebook and Google have pledged themselves to a pact formed by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web. The “Contract for the Web” asks internet companies to fight fake news and uphold principles that protect privacy as a human right and promote access for all people. The tech firms say they aspire to these ethical standards already. But meeting these goals will be a challenge without strict government regulations, which they have resisted. Could this new contract make a difference?

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