For Mark Zuckerberg, social networks must be regulated and it is up to governments to decide what should or should not be published. The CEO of Facebook is visiting Europe and made it clear at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, his point of view regarding the regulation of technological giants. Even before the Facebook president's meeting with Margrethe Vestager, executive vice president of the Digital Age portfolio, and Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the Internal Market, Facebook published a guide where it addresses the issue.
I think there should be regulation of dangerous content on social media, but there is the issue of the framework that should be used, said Mark Zuckerberg in Munich, quoted by Reuters. Currently, there are two frameworks: on the one hand, the media model, and on the other hand, that of telecommunications operators, where these are only a platform for passing data. The CEO of the social network revealed that the legislation to be applied on social networks must be placed between the two frameworks.
The guide published by Facebook wants to open the debate about the regulation of online content around four questions. Thus, it questions whether the implementation of rules should define what qualifies as dangerous content and whether it can help reduce hate speech while preserving freedom of expression. Facebook's proposal also asks whether it can improve the accountability of online platforms and whether it should demand certain performance goals from technological giants.
The company says that the regulatory process, which should involve legislators, private companies and users, will have to be guided by some basic principles. In addition to freedom of expression, Facebook clarifies that regulators must take into account the seriousness and prevalence of the content in question, as well as its status in the law and the measures that are already being taken to deal with the situation.
According to Facebook, it is necessary to guarantee companies' accountability with regard to content moderation systems. In addition, the social network indicates that regulators must understand the capabilities and limitations of the technology and respect the global scale of the internet. The company says that if an appropriate regulation is not drafted, this can lead to unintended consequences that may jeopardize users' freedom.
It is recalled that in March 2019, Mark Zuckerberg had alerted governments to the need to work with digital platforms to create and implement rules for online content. It is impossible to remove all malicious content from the internet, but when people use dozens of sharing services each with their own policies and processes, we need a uniform approach, the official said in an opinion piece in The Washington Post.