Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, said Monday that he is "worried" that other countries may attempt to imitate China's approach to Internet regulation.

"I think there's a paradigm coming from countries like China that seem to have somewhat different principles than more traditional Western countries," Zuckerberg said during an hour-long video chat with EU Industry Commissioner Thierry Breton on Monday.The Facebook CEO added that it was up to democratic Western countries to have a specific data privacy policy. "We have a common duty to help that grow," he said.

It was Zuckerberg 's latest instance citing the dangers of an Internet-spreading Chinese model worldwide. Last year, he made similar remarks, saying it was necessary not to allow China to set the rules for the rest of the internet, stirring up friction among Chinese employees at Facebook.Facebook hopes that free-speaking posts will lead regulators to see the platform as an ally against a more oppressive internet, rather than a tool for tighter regulation.

In the same vein, Zuckerberg praised the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which introduced improvements to the manner in which Facebook, Twitter, Google and other Internet companies collect user data in the EU. He said he believes collaboration is inevitable between tech platforms and government regulators.“I don’t think that there’s a question that there’s going to be regulation,” he said. “I think the question is, whose framework is going to win around the world?”

Breton, who has criticized Facebook, said it would be key to work together. "I think that's an incredibly important thing, it's our willingness to work together to develop the best policy strategies and actions," he said."I think this is something we should understand, particularly for the digital market. And more so, for the broader information society.

Zuckerberg noted that on their website, Facebook has a policy in place to mark false information about the novel coronavirus. "We've taken down, hundreds of thousands of pieces of misleading disinformation, and our independent fact-checking system has generated over 50 million content-related alerts," he said."We know that this works because they don't end up clicking through 95 percent of the time when someone sees a piece of material with a mark on it."

And Facebook named earlier this month the first members of its oversight board, an independent body that can veto any decisions. Later this summer, the board will start hearing cases. Breton welcomed the board's formation but added that "it will be Mark who is accountable at the end of the day. Nobody else.'