“If you wanted to please Facebook, I think you’d have chosen a different group of people, and in my experience of my colleagues so far, they’re quite bolshy, they don’t want to have anything to do with Facebook, they turf Facebook out of our meetings when we realise there are some people sitting there, and so we don’t feel we work for Facebook at all and so I don’t think there’s any obligation either to be nice to Facebook or be horrible to Facebook.
“Facebook banned that because they said that that’s a sort of crank solution and we don’t believe in misinformation, but if you looked at it, really, it was addressed really to the French regulation agency and saying it was trying to influence them to be more receptive to this,” he told the committee.
“I’m very worried by banning that kind of speech because where does it then go? It’ll go underground, it’ll go into encrypted channels and I’m afraid, I’m an old John Stuart Millite, you know, I think actually the way to tackle bad speech is to produce good speech and you’re not really solving anything by pushing it underground.
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