The UK Parliament wants to manage Facebook. So does everybody else.



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The sobs to regulate Facebook are getting louder and louder.

This week they’re coming from a familiar enemy: The UK’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, which has been examining Facebook’s function in spreading disinformation. The Committee issued a new report on Sunday that said, “Facebook intentionally and purposefully broke both information personal privacy and anti-competition laws” in the UK– a conclusion the committee came to based on a cache of internal emails it collected last fall

The report also calls for more policy for Facebook, and described the business as “digital gangsters” for how it manages its users’ information.

The committee suggested a variety of methods to manage Facebook:

  • It recommended that UK regulators “investigate whether Facebook specifically has actually been associated with any anti-competitive practices.” To put it simply, is Facebook a monopoly?
  • It recommended that Facebook be regulated as “a brand-new category of tech company” that is “not always either a ‘platform’ or a ‘publisher.'” The committee would like Facebook to “presume legal liability for content recognized as hazardous after it has actually been posted by users.” Today, tech platforms like Twitter and facebook are not held accountable if their users post something illegal as long as they remove it.
  • It suggested that a “Code of Ethics” be created to identify what is thought about “harmful material.” Facebook and other platforms would then be managed to ensure that they do not spread out that content.

In a prolonged statement from Facebook’s UK Public Policy Manager, Karim Palant, the company says it is “open to meaningful guideline” and likewise “supports reliable personal privacy legislation that holds companies to high standards in their usage of information and transparency for users.” You can check out the entire declaration below.

The UK report was an upgrade of a previous report, however it still got a lot of attention on Sunday, in part since it was scathing– “digital gangsters” makes for a terrific headline– and in part since those internal emails the committee collected from Facebook last fall were a huge deal. They showed, to name a few things, how Facebook uses personal user data to strengthen or compromise its competitors

But the DCMS Committee is not the only group that wishes to control Facebook. In fact, Facebook is dealing with require policy throughout the world.

In India, regulators are hoping to pass new guidelines that would threaten end-to-end file encryption for Facebook-owned WhatsApp, and need Facebook to more aggressively keep an eye on user posts for “unlawful” material. Germany has bought Facebook to change its data collection practices And in the United States, the business is in talks with the Federal Trade Commission, which is examining Facebook, that could lead a “multibillion-dollar fine,” according to the Washington Post

Facebook is no longer simply fighting United States regulators upset about the 2016 election or a viewed conservative bias. Facebook is fighting regulators everywhere Sunday’s report from the DCMS Committee is yet another tip of how worldwide the social giant’s issues have become.

It seems that nobody believes Facebook can or must be able to police itself, so everyone is trying to do the job for it.

Here’s the full statement from Facebook’s Palant:

” We share the Committee’s concerns about false news and election integrity and are happy to have made a substantial contribution to their examination over the past 18 months, addressing more than 700 questions and with four of our most senior executives providing evidence.

” We are open to significant guideline and support the committee’s suggestion for electoral law reform. But we’re not waiting. We have already made substantial changes so that every political advertisement on Facebook has actually to be authorised, state who is paying for it and then is kept in a searchable archive for 7 years. No other channel for political advertising is as transparent and provides the tools that we do.

” We likewise support efficient personal privacy legislation that holds companies to high requirements in their usage of information and transparency for users.

” While we still have more to do, we are not the very same business we were a year earlier. We have tripled the size of the team working to discover and protect users from bad content to 30,000 people and invested greatly in device knowing, expert system and computer system vision technology to help prevent this type of abuse.”

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