Mark Zuckerberg, the founder, and CEO of Facebook, has written an op-ed in which he calls for better internet regulations. Mark Zuckerberg and the rest of the board of Facebook have been receiving increasing criticism about how it deals with content online, how it regards its billions of users’ privacy, how it sells ads, etc. Now, Mark Zuckerberg wants the entire internet to be better regulated.
Internet regulations should be focused on four key areas, according to Mark Zuckerberg. These include harmful content, election integrity, privacy, and data portability.
He went on to explain what he hopes to see in internet regulations. He pointed out that people have “too much power over speech” and calls for internet regulations to set standards for what’s prohibited in terms of harmful content. He explains further that companies should be required to build systems for removing harmful content from the internet.
Mark Zuckerberg then explained how Facebook will be dealing better with election integrity. This seems to be in response to rising criticism the social media site has been receiving in terms of its power to possibly control political elections through ads. Conceding that Facebook isn’t always effective in determining whether content is political in nature, especially when it comes to screening ads on the platform, Mark Zuckerberg calls for internet regulations that create “common standards for verifying political actors“.
Moving to rising privacy concerns, Mark Zuckerberg noted that effective privacy and data protection needs a global standard to which companies should be upheld. He suggests that more countries adopt internet regulations similar to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation.
It should protect your right to choose how your information is used – while enabling companies to use information for safety purposes and to provide services. It shouldn’t require data to be stored locally, which would make it more vulnerable to unwarranted access. And it should establish a way to hold companies such as Facebook accountable by imposing sanctions when we make mistakes.
He finally addresses data portability and advocates for data to be transferable from one service to the next. He goes on to explain that Facebook supports a standard data transfer format and supports the open source Data Transfer Project.
He believes that a global framework for internet regulations will prevent the internet from becoming fractured and will protect individuals while allowing companies to provide standardised services. He concludes that he believes that Facebook has a responsibility to address these issues, but argues that people shouldn’t have to rely on individual companies, like Facebook, to address these issues by themselves. He calls for global internet regulations, instead, which “define clear responsibilities for people, companies, and governments going forward“.
Do you think there should be global internet regulations which set the standards for what we, politicians, and companies can and can’t do on the internet?