Facebook: lawmakers must regulate platforms

Facebook: lawmakers must regulate platforms

In recent years, social media platforms have been ridiculed for an increase in ‘fake news’ and the growth of terrorist content online. In the US, the Cambridge Analytica scandal undermined the reputation of Facebook both politically and amongst the wider public.

Nick Clegg has said that national politicians should take a greater responsibility for setting the rules over how illegal content should be tackled. National governments have already decided to act. France and Germany have passed laws to force platforms to remove illegal content. Clegg however, complains that companies are being forced to be responsible for everything on their platform.

Despite the positive rhetoric from Nick Clegg, the European Commission’s ‘dissemination of terrorist content online’ file has faced a strong and well resourced tech lobby attempting to weaken the regulation.

Ironically, Mark Zuckerberg recently penned an op-ed in the Washington Post urging lawmakers to do more. “I believe we need a more active role for governments and regulators.” On Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg came to Ireland and met with deputies Hildegarde Naughton, James Lawless and Eamon Ryan, the three Irish members of the International Grand Committee on Disinformation and Fake News. The three deputies are also members of the Oireachtas Committee on Communications. They raised a number of concerns, including the regulation of social media, transparency in political advertising and the safety of young people and vulnerable adults.