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In a recent op-ed in the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlines his plans for Internet regulation.
It appears that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is trying to get ahead of the game when it comes to Internet regulation, proposing his own plans for how such regulation should take place before federal officials publish their own suggestions. In an op-ed published in the Washington Post titled “Mark Zuckerberg: The Internet needs new rules. Let’s start in these four areas,” the billionaire CEO outlines how he believes online businesses should be governed.
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Zuckerberg explains why he’s suddenly come around to the idea of regulation, stating that it’s important to keep the online “community safe,” and claims that the four areas that need to be focused on are: “harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability.” Zuckerberg writes: “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.”
Zuckerberg suggests that third-party bodies set rules for social networks relating to “harmful content,” and monitor the networks for violation of these rules. Of course, Facebook already tried this with its “trusted sources” program relating “fake news.” This program was not particularly successful for Facebook. Zuckerberg states:
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First, harmful content. Facebook gives everyone a way to use their voice, and that creates real benefits — from sharing experiences to growing movements. As part of this, we have a responsibility to keep people safe on our services. That means deciding what counts as terrorist propaganda, hate speech and more. We continually review our policies with experts, but at our scale we’ll always make mistakes and decisions that people...
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