UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Facebook decided to create an independent supervisory board to appeal the decisions of the social network about the content posted, wrote Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg in a column in the newspaper Financial Times.
According to Zuckerberg, large companies, such as Facebook, need more effective control when making decisions and in the long term everyone will benefit from the introduction of a special supervisory body – both users and the state.
Perhaps the head of Facebook wants to relieve himself and his company of responsibility and thus prepare for the US presidential election in 2020. In recent years, a wave of indignation and criticism has hit the social network. Lawmakers, investors and users attacked Facebook in connection with the “Russian trolls”, the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the transfer of data to companies, the delayed response to the removal of shot videos, etc.
Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden even called for the repeal of the Internet law, which currently protects Facebook and other sites from liability for user-generated content. Biden specifically referred to Section 230 of the Telecommunications Decency Act, which protects social media platforms, forums, and even news sites with comment sections from prosecuting illegal messages made by users.
Zuckerberg has repeatedly spoken out to Congress to regulate Facebook and other social media companies. In an article last March in the Washington Post, Zuckerberg argued that clearer federal rules would relieve pressure from Facebook.
The head of Facebook identified four areas that need new global regulatory rules. We are talking about confidentiality, issues of transferring data between services, the use of the Internet in election campaigns, as well as the fight against offensive and illegal content.
Regarding the use of the Internet in election campaigns, Zuckerberg cited as an example the new Facebook rules for the transparency of political advertising. At the same time, he noted that the existing legislation on the costs of political advertising is mainly focused on candidates, not organizations, and needs to be updated.
The independent oversight board, which Zuckerberg is insisting on now, is called upon to create new rules for regulating the operation of Internet platforms and to strengthen accountability. The head of Facebook noted that he considers it wrong when the platforms themselves must make decisions in cases where decisions about content affect “fundamental democratic values” and the company has to make a choice between freedom of speech and security, the creation of open systems and data blocking, and confidentiality and disclosures.
In response to Zuckerberg’s publication, American financier and investor George Soros said in a letter to the editor of the Financial Times that CEO Mark Zuckerberg and chief financial officer Cheryl Sandberg should be “ousted from Facebook”. “Facebook does not need to wait for regulation from the state in order to stop accepting any political advertising in 2020 until the November 4 elections are held. If there is any doubt that the advertising is political, the company should refuse to publish. It is unlikely that Facebook will follow this course, “wrote Soros. Zuckerberg controls most of Facebook’s voting shares.
Earlier, Soros, during a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, said that Facebook could have entered into a conspiracy with President Donald Trump to help him reelect his post, spreading all kinds of misinformation.
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