Facebook must accept some state regulation

Friday, 6 March 2020

Facebook must accept some state regulation


Mark Zuckerberg said governments could take a bigger role in areas including privacy and election integrity.

The Facebook boss, Mark Zuckerberg, has set out how he believes the social network and the internet should be regulated.

The firm's founder and chief executive said there was a need for governments and regulators to have "a more active role".

Zuckerberg said he believed new regulation was needed in four areas – harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability.

In an editorial published online in the Washington Post and on his own Facebook page, Zuckerberg said: "Every day we make decisions about what speech is harmful, what constitutes political advertising, and how to prevent sophisticated cyberattacks.

"These are important for keeping our community safe.  But if we were starting from scratch, we wouldn't ask companies to make these judgments alone.

"I believe we need a more active role for governments and regulators.  By updating the rules for the internet, we can preserve what's best about it – the freedom for people to express themselves and for entrepreneurs to build new things – while also protecting society from broader harms."

Source: UK Guardian newspaper

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Media Matters President, John Terris, says:

John Terris

John Terris

     This is a bit of a turnaround for the Facebook founder, whose company recorded a profit of around $100 Billion Dollars recently.

He's right of course.  Our own government needs to move along with its own plans in this area, promoted overseas by the Christchurch Call made by our PM, and strongly supported by French President Macron at a meeting in Paris in May last year [2019]. 

Our draft legislation, developed by Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi and sitting in the Too Hard Tray, has been stalled, apparently, by objections from NZ First.

Let's Go, Winston, Let's Go!