CEOs of Meta and OpenAI Extend Support for EU Regulation on Artificial Intelligence

Top technology executives Mark Zuckerberg and Sam Altman have expressed their endorsement of government oversight of artificial intelligence (AI) after engaging in discussions with Thierry Breton, European Commissioner. Breton stated on Friday that he and Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta Platforms, were in agreement regarding the EU's regulation of AI, which is currently undergoing final negotiations. They shared support for the bloc's risk-based approach and measures such as watermarking. Altman, CEO of OpenAI, also voiced his alignment with the EU's AI approach, commending the European institution for its dedication to addressing this issue on a global scale.
Altman expressed OpenAI's willingness to collaborate and provide a European service in compliance with the European market. OpenAI is renowned for developing the widely-used chatbot ChatGPT, which has sparked significant interest in the capabilities of generative AI. Nick Clegg, Meta's President of Global Affairs, affirmed their support for the objectives of the AI Pact and emphasized the importance of transparency and collaborative engagement among tech companies, governments, and civil society.
These discussions took place as part of Breton's tour of technology companies. Following the visit to Meta, Breton commended the company's preparedness to meet Europe's stringent content moderation rules and confirmed that a stress test of its systems would be conducted in the coming month. Zuckerberg agreed to the stress test to evaluate Meta's adherence to content moderation regulations, with approximately 1,000 employees dedicated to implementing the European Union's Digital Services Act.

Meta's CEO also expressed interest in future tests to assess the company's platforms' compliance with upcoming competition rules outlined in the EU's Digital Markets Act. Additionally, discussions involved urging Meta to enhance efforts in combating disinformation, particularly Russian disinformation concerning the war in Ukraine, as well as addressing concerns raised by a Wall Street Journal report on child predators targeting users on Instagram.
Breton also met with Jensen Huang, CEO of Nvidia, the leading chipmaker in the AI processor market, to discuss artificial intelligence. Following the meeting, Huang stated that it was highly likely that Nvidia would invest in Europe, signaling their interest in the region.
During his engagements, Breton emphasized the need for Twitter to allocate more resources to address sensitive content in order to comply with the EU's regulations by the August deadline. The discussions with Elon Musk, owner of Twitter, and new CEO Linda Yaccarino took place on Thursday.
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