It looks like Mark Zuckerberg’s now into blogging. In an op-ed in the Washington Post, the Facebook CEO requested governments around the world to examine introducing more transparent rules for governing content on the internet.
Zuck stated that the officials need to update regulations in four principal areas: harmful content, election integrity, privacy, and data portability. Distinctly, Facebook‘s recent statements discuss most of these topics.
Last week, the social network published it’ll weed out white supremacist content, following a terrorist attack on a mosque in New Zealand last month. COO Sheryl Sandberg further revealed the company’s weighing limiting live streaming features, after the incident. Facebook frequently addresses such concerns only after tragedy has transpired, rather than actively seeking out objectionable content.
In his writeup for the Washington Post, Zuck suggested setting up third-party bodies to draw regulations around the definition of harmful content and gauge tech companies’ efforts to keep it out. He also urged tech organizations to publish quarterly transparency reports.
Facebook‘s rolled out its weapon for political ad transparency in the US, the UK, Brazil, and India. It also published a searchable archive of US political ads last month. But as we observed with Vice’s report on Facebook allowing ads “paid for” by Mike Pence and ISIS last year, the social network often misses the mark.
Bottom line, Zuck is asking governments around the globe to introduce legislation about how political ads are used to target certain demographics.
Online political advertising laws primarily focus on hopefuls and elections, rather than divisive political problems. We’ve seen and our intelligence community announced publicly, there has and still is interference.
Existing FB rules only apply during elections, and we all know with 24 hour news cycles, campaigns are nonstop.
There are also important topics about how political campaigns use data and targeting.
On the issue of data privacy, Zuck believes that countries should accept Europan Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as a common framework, and build on it. Personally, I’m tired of clicking “ACCEPT GDPR”, AND THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED TECHNICALLY. The offline social communities that are privacy driven, use a device identifier that cannot identify the person or exact location, but would work to replace the garbage idea “GPDR”. It works like a highly encrypted cookie but lasts forever. I’m not saying this is the best replacement for “GDPR”, but it should be looked at by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Zuckerburg touched on this a little bit, so why he is asking governments, is beyond me. He’s not CEO material and never was. Facebook is worth too, much money and the internal power struggle is ridiculous.
It’s too bad, Zuckerberg & Facebook has already upset the best and brightest in the online privacy world. After the Cambridge scandal, thousands of online privacy advocates and developers who are top in their field left the platform. The sad part is, the best, brightest, and most safety and security conscious don’t work in Silicone Valley, they do it part-time or not0for-profit.