Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will give his 'most comprehensive take' on freedom of speech in a livestream on Thursday

FILE - In this May 1, 2018, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote speech at F8, Facebook's developer conference, in San Jose, Calif. Zuckerberg is defending meetings he's reportedly had with conservative leaders after #DeleteFacebook began trending on social media. Politico reported this week that the Facebook CEO held private meetings with Fox News Tucker Carlson and conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post that he takes meetings with lots of people across the spectrum on lots of different issues all the time. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)FILE - In this May 1, 2018, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote speech at F8, Facebook's developer conference, in San Jose, Calif. Zuckerberg is defending meetings he's reportedly had with conservative leaders after #DeleteFacebook began trending on social media. Politico reported this week that the Facebook CEO held private meetings with Fox News Tucker Carlson and conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post that he takes meetings with lots of people across the spectrum on lots of different issues all the time. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)Associated Press

  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will share his views on freedom of expression during a live speech on Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET.
  • Zuckerberg said the speech will focus on why it's important for people to have a voice and the biggest threats to freedom of speech on the internet and around the world.
  • Facebook and Zuckerberg have been criticized for allowing misinformation to be spread daily on Facebook, and the conversation has only intensified with the upcoming 2020 presidential election.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that he will deliver a live speech at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 16 to address freedom of expression. Zuckerberg said it will be "the most comprehensive take" he's shared about his stance on freedom of speech and personal voice.

Zuckerberg said the speech will discuss the importance of providing individuals with a voice and how freedom of expression brings people together. He will also identify what he believes to be the major global threats to freedom of speech, and the challenges that come with mass online communication.

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Zuckerberg said the address will collect what he's learned while focusing on freedom of speech as a global issue over the last few years.

Facebook has endured heavy criticism in recent years for allowing misinformation to be spread on the platform via both posts from average users and from paid advertisements, and the 2020 presidential election has brought even more scrutiny to the social media platform.

You can read his full announcement below:

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