Mark Zuckerberg says regulators and governments ought to play a extra energetic position in controlling web content material.
In an op-ed revealed within the Washington Submit, Fb’s chief says the duty for monitoring dangerous content material is just too nice for corporations alone.
He calls for brand spanking new legal guidelines in 4 areas: “Dangerous content material, election integrity, privateness and knowledge portability.”
It comes two weeks after a gunman used the location to livestream his assault on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.
“Lawmakers typically inform me now we have an excessive amount of energy over speech, and admittedly I agree,” Mr Zuckerberg writes, including that Fb was “creating an impartial physique so folks can enchantment our choices” about what’s posted and what’s taken down.
He additionally describes a brand new algorithm he want to see enforced on tech corporations.
These new laws needs to be the identical for all web sites, he says, in order that it is simpler to cease “dangerous content material” from spreading shortly throughout platforms.
What does Mark Zuckerberg need?
Briefly, Mr Zuckerberg requires the next issues:
- Frequent guidelines that each one social media websites want to stick to, enforced by third-party our bodies, to manage the unfold of dangerous content material
- All main tech corporations to launch a transparency report each three months, to place it on a par with monetary reporting
- Stronger legal guidelines all over the world to guard the integrity of elections, with frequent requirements for all web sites to establish political actors
- Legal guidelines that not solely apply to candidates and elections, but additionally different “divisive political points”, and for legal guidelines to use outdoors of official marketing campaign intervals
- New industry-wide requirements to manage how political campaigns use knowledge to focus on voters on-line
- Extra nations to undertake privateness legal guidelines just like the European Union’s Basic Knowledge Safety Regulation (GDPR), which got here into pressure final 12 months
- A “frequent world framework” which means these legal guidelines are all standardised globally, fairly than being considerably totally different from nation to nation
- Clear guidelines about who’s accountable for defending folks’s knowledge once they transfer it from one service to a different
The open letter, which can even be revealed in some European newspapers, comes because the social community faces questions over its position within the Cambridge Analytica scandal round knowledge misuse throughout election campaigns.
The location has additionally been criticised for failing to cease the unfold of footage of the Christchurch killings, wherein 50 Muslims died as they prayed.
The video was livestreamed to the attacker’s Fb web page on 15 March, earlier than being copied 1.5 million instances.
Mr Zuckerberg’s letter didn’t particularly identify these incidents.
Nonetheless, the location earlier introduced that it was contemplating introducing restrictions on live-streaming within the wake of the Christchurch assaults. On Thursday, it additionally mentioned that it could ban white nationalism and separatism from the location.
On Friday it additionally began labelling political advertisements showing on Fb in EU nations, displaying who the advertiser is, how a lot they paid and who they’ve focused.
“I imagine Fb has a duty to assist deal with these points, and I am trying ahead to discussing them with lawmakers all over the world,” Mr Zuckerberg says.