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Facebook’s Backflip on Regulation


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Facebook has resisted regulation like the plague for years. The recent UK DCMS inquiry concluded that regulation would be required. It appears that multiple legislatures see this the same way now, and Facebook’s inability to contain the NZ video recording was likely the last straw for the legislators, and now we see reports of lawsuits against Facebook for the distress caused by the NZ recording.

So this backflip may be something done on legal advice to protect Facebook, and buy time as the expectation that regulation would be transnational and agreed between multiple legislatures would take time to negotiate.

This is a catastrophe for Russia and other rogue players with a predilection to use social media for propaganda, dis/misinformation, and trolling.


Mark Zuckerberg: The Internet needs new rules. Let’s start in these four areas. – The Washington Post

We need a more active role for governments and regulators.

The internet needs new rules. Let’s start in these four areas – Los Angeles Times

Technology is a major part of our lives, and companies such as Facebook have immense responsibilities. But if we were starting from scratch, we wouldn’t ask companies to make these judgments alone.

Mark Zuckerberg asks governments to help control internet content – BBC News

Mark Zuckerberg writes an open letter calling for new laws to monitor internet content.

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg backs tighter Internet privacy and election laws

The Facebook CEO said new regulations are needed on harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability.

Mark Zuckerberg: OK, Fine, Regulate Facebook

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg—whose company has blundered its way into controversies over everything from user privacy and data breaches to amplification of extremist content and literal genocide as of late—responded to growing criticism of the tech sector by calling for more outside regulation in an op-ed in the Washington Post (and on his own personal Facebook page) on Saturday.

Facebook to consider live video restrictions after NZ attacks – BBC News

Sheryl Sandberg promises to explore limits on who can live-stream video, following the NZ attacks.

Facebook says it’s putting new restrictions on livestreams

Two weeks after a crazed gunman broadcast his slaughtering 50 people in New Zealand on Facebook, the social network giant says it’s putting in new restrictions on livestreaming.