Mark Zuckerberg says the internet needs a ‘more active role’ for regulators

In an op-ed to The Washington Post and Independent.ie Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he believes there must be "a more active role for governments and regulators "to counter wider threats to society, while balancing freedom of expression." Describes four broad areas where he feels a new regulation is needed: data portability, choice integrity, disruptive content, and privacy.

Zuckerberg uses the opinion article to present his case for each of the four areas, saying that "Internet companies should be responsible for enforcing the rules on harmful content," and says there must be "a more standardized approach" when it comes to to eliminate harmful content in a variety of services, suggests that regulators could set standards to define what constitutes harmful content and as to remove it from online platforms.

For the elections, he described the steps Facebook has taken to improve elections, such as the new disclosure rules for political announcements and search databases (although there have been some hiccups along the way for such announcements, but He notes that there is a lot of gray area when it comes to determining what an ad is and what it does not (again, finding problems). He notes that existing laws dealing with political spending often focus on the candidates themselves, place of organizations that advocate for specific issues, and notes that laws should be updated to address "the reality of the threads and set standards for the whole." industry. "

When it comes to regulation of privacy, Zuckerberg is in favor of a comparable set of regulations such as the General Regulation of Data Protection of the European Union (GDPR), and says that "it would be good for rnet if there were more countries. Regulations adopted as GDPR as a common framework ". It also says that such regulations should "protect your right to choose how your information is used" and should include ways to punish companies when mistakes are made. "

Finally, he points out that any regulation of this type should" guarantee the principle of data portability "and allow people to transfer their information from one service to another, and that there should be a common standard that companies can use.

The Zuckerberg publishing house comes after a couple of years of bruising for the company, and it's a rare call from Silicon Valley, which is adverse to the Normative moments such as the Cambridge Analytica scandal in 2017 led to intense questions about the role of social networks and the company in society, and the influence it has on its users.More recently, the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand , renewed the debate on the role of the Internet in the radicalization of bad actors, terror and hate groups.

This opinion article recent is an evolution of Zuckerberg's comments almost exactly a year ago, when he told several media that he was not "sure that we should not be regulated" and that regulators had a role, as long as it was the "right" regulation, and he thought that "the guidelines are much better than dictating specific processes". Your opinion article calls for specific and standardized rules for Internet companies to follow, and it seems that Facebook's experiences at that time do not make sense. it led some people to look for their role in society and to connect people from all over the world, as well as their own future, what Zuckerberg recently pointed out could focus on a more privacy-oriented platform that had more to do with the messages and private groups that with public news. .

The search for the soul occurred along with calls for greater regulation for companies such as Facebook, as well as direct calls for the company to separate, not just media like us, but also presidential. Also the candidates, who argue that they exert too much influence in society. The Congress has held numerous hearings on the subject and, although there have been plans and proposals of bills for said regulatory framework, not much has yet been achieved. Despite that, the pressure on Facebook continues to rise, and this latest opinion piece seems to be a sign that Facebook recognizes that the world in which it will live in the first 15 years of its life will be very different from the next 15 years. .

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