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Facebook: Should Gov’t Regulate it?

by Countable | 4.5.18

What’s the story?

  • Recent reports are saying that Cambridge Analytica mined the personal data of 87 million Facebook users without their knowledge. The company’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, will appear before Congress next week; the Senate Judiciary Committee has also invited the heads of Google and Twitter to testify.

  • Asked during an interview last month about the role of government in social media, Zuckerberg said:

"I actually am not sure we shouldn’t be regulated…in general, technology is an increasingly important trend in the world. I think the question is more ‘what is the right regulation?’ rather than ‘yes or no, should we be regulated?’"

What is the right regulation?

  • Is Zuckerberg correct? Is the question more ‘What is the right regulation?’ rather than ‘Should Facebook be regulated?’ If so, how should social media companies be regulated?

  • Should regulation come from states, not the federal government?

  • Should the Federal Trade Commission impose fines for data breaches?

  • Should the Federal Election Commission police political advertising?

  • Should tech companies be liable for objectionable content?

  • Should social media companies, like universities, have ethics review boards?

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—Josh Herman

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