Mark Zuckerberg calls for global new regulations on social media

Facebook in April previous year created a set of guidelines for its moderators to determine what content was allowable on its platforms. Previous year it was voted the least trusted tech company, which is unsurprising given the rate of new reports of shady practices by the company.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has published a new blog post in which he calls for global regulation of the internet, as a way to eliminate numerous problems the social network is now facing.

"I believe we need a more active role for governments and regulators", he wrote.

Zuck's suggestions, which aren't all that different from what Facebook execs have been saying over the a year ago, focus on four areas: harmful content, election security, privacy, and data portability.

At first glance, it marks an interesting shift in Facebook's stance towards regulation.

"Deciding whether an ad is political isn't always straightforward". He agreed that Facebook has too much power over speech and announced the creation of an independent body where people can appeal the company's decisions. The subtext of the article is effectively saying "we're doing things to fix this - we promise".

Additionally, the Facebook CEO wrote that he believes it would be better for the Internet if more countries started using regulation like the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as a "common framework".

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He said that governments should hold companies "accountable" for removing harmful content, set standards on political advertising, "impose sanctions" when they violate users' privacy and ensure data can be moved easily between services.

Over the weekend, the Facebook CEO published an op-ed in the Washington Post outlining the kinds of regulation he thinks Facebook and other tech giants should face, likely with the hope it could guide lawmakers who are calling for new rules.

Zuckerberg's last recommendation, focused on data portability, is that shared data is able to be moved from one service to another.

"This is important for the internet - and for creating services people want", the Facebook founder said.

And finally, his fourth idea is around data portability.

But Zuckerberg admitted in a much-watched testimony before Congress in April 2018 that he wasn't entirely opposed to government regulation, he just wanted the right regulation.

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