New Zealand Government deep dives into Facebook moderation

A group of New Zealand officials travelled to Singapore last week and did a deep dive into how Facebook moderates content on its site, the Government and Facebook have revealed.

The New Zealand delegation was put in workshops where Facebook explained how it designs products and engineers its artificial intelligence. 

The workshops were similar to those attended by French officials as they crafted strict social media legislation. 

It was intended to give the New Zealand Government insight into how Facebook works ahead of any domestic law changes. 

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said it was one step in building collaboration to live up to the Christchurch Call. 

"I share Prime Minister Ardern's commitment to bringing governments, industry and civil society together to develop smart regulation to combat hate and violent extremism in society."

Two women smiling together.
Jacinda Ardern and Sheryl Sandberg. Photo credit: Newshub.

Sandberg said the delegation was tough, but fair. 

"They asked hard, but important questions of us and we learned what was top of mind for them," she said.

"This is one of the steps we're taking to build a foundation for effective collaboration as part of the Christchurch Call. We're grateful to the New Zealand Government for its leadership on this issue."

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