Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, said Thursday that now is the time to increase regulations on Facebook, following revelations about the use of data by British research firm Cambridge Analytica.
When asked in an interview on CNN if the time is right to regulate Facebook more, Stewart said: "Yeah, I actually think it probably is."
"These companies gather our private information and they monetize it. We also know that political campaigns gather that private information or buy that private information, and they use it to move voters," he added.
"The third thing we know is that our adversaries use that information to divide us. They use social media to make us fight with one another and also to move voters. And knowing that, I don't think that we can be terribly surprised that we see these types of things, but the companies have to be transparent, they have to be ethical, and it might be time for the government to take more of an aggressive oversight rule," he said.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted on Wednesday that increased regulation of his company could help.
"Actually, I'm not sure we shouldn't be regulated," he told CNN. "I actually think the question is more 'what is the right regulation?' rather than 'yes or no, should it be regulated?'"
Zuckerberg added that "if you look at how much regulation there is around advertising on TV, in print, you know, it's just not clear why there should be less on the internet."
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