In January 2018 Germany passed the NetzDG law which required platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to take down perceived illegal content within 24 hours or seven days, depending on the charge, or risk a fine of €50 million ($60 million) fines. In July 2018 representatives from Facebook, Google and Twitter denied to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary committee that they censor content for political reasons. During the hearing Republican members of Congress criticized the social media companies for politically motivated practices in removing some content, a charge the companies rejected. In April 2018 the European Union issued a series of proposals that would crack down on “online misinformation and fake news.” In June 2018 President Emmanuel Macron of France proposed a law which would give French authorities the power to immediately halt “the publication of information deemed to be false ahead of elections.”
Social media companies tend to be profit driven which greatly hinders their ability to run their business without bias. Advert sales are not monitored strictly enough and this results in certain individuals/companies/sovereign states taking advantage of the system in place to push their own political/social agenda with the use of fake statistics and facts to control the mind set of the populous.
The governments role should ensure that antitrust laws are not broken and that there is not a monopoly regarding information. I think that the site providing their information should be required to include enough personal information so one can determine if it is biased.
Yes because in order to ensure we are getting the correct information the government itself needs to release that information. So some monitoring of what is being said by big political companies would be a little helpful.
tough question as have to protect the integrity of private companies; however, certain companies such as Google, Twitter, YT and others have clearly chosen sides in terms of dissemination of news and opinions. Cannot allow such to prevail.
Social sites absolutely need to be regulated but it shouldn't be by the government. Complete reform needs to happen with the businesses themselves and a stronger study/look on the implications of continuing to operate as is on our future as individuals and as a country. Current operations is not a tomorrow problem or even a 2024 problem. Its a 2040 problem, 2060 problem.
As much as I would like for false accusations and fake news/ information to stop spreading, I don't think it's a good idea for the government to do this because they could abuse that power and use it for their own benefit in politics.
I think instead they should increase funding into education and social awareness to help the individual gain and verify information.
But, Social Media sites should be held accountable to negligence completely, especially if the user has used the site to promote violence, hate crimes, and acts of terrorism.
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