Mark Zuckerberg sets out how Facebook and internet can be regulated

Yolanda Curtis
April 2, 2019

In an opinion piece published Saturday in The Washington Post, Zuckerberg said there are four areas where more oversight is necessary: harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability.

"These are important for keeping our community safe". That means deciding what counts as terrorist propaganda, hate speech and more.

At the same time, conservative lawmakers in the US have accused Facebook of political bias and censorship.

In a post on Facebook's Newsroom blog, the social media giant detailed some of the new information users could learn about posts on their personal Newsfeed - whether they liked a certain page, shared a certain article, or became friends with a specific Facebook user.

Over the past year, lawmakers have focused greater scrutiny on the company and its huge influence, asking its executives - including Zuckerberg - to testify in front of Congress to explain the proliferation of misinformation, hate speech and election manipulation on the platform.

"Internet companies should be accountable for enforcing standards on harmful content", Zuckerberg said. Facebook is pulling back the veil on the algorithm powering its Newsfeed, making it easier for users to see how content is being tailored to them.

Facebook has said it's considering introducing restrictions on live-streaming and last week said it would ban white nationalism and separatism from the site.

The deleted posts were first reported by Business Insider.

But that process is not always precise. By calling for specific types of new regulation now, Facebook will be able to say that it's actually pro-government regulation - and can use its powerful lobbying arm to push for the specific rules it believes will be most beneficial.

He said the company's systems "would be more effective" if regulation created common standards for verifying political actors.

"True data portability should look more like the way people use our platform to sign into an app than the existing ways you can download an archive of your information", Zuckerberg writes.

While we could point and laugh at Zuckerberg for bowing to "the man", he makes some good points and appears to concede that Facebook has become a beast he can no longer control alone.

People around the world have called for comprehensive privacy regulation in line with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and I agree.

Clegg said that given its size, Facebook should play a role in creating rules for the Web.

Liberal groups have been urging the Federal Trade Commission to carve up Facebook and split off its popular services Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger into their own companies. The move has also increased concerns about transparency into how Facebook's data collection works.

"It shouldn't require data to be stored locally, which would make it more vulnerable to unwarranted access". Legislators have asked its executives - including Zuckerberg - to testify in front of congress to explain the proliferation of misinformation, hate speech and election manipulation on the platform.

In an effort to protect elections, Zuckerberg said that Facebook has already made "significant changes" regarding political advertisements.

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