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.”
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.
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.
No they are private so they shouldn't be able to tell them what to regulate but the government would also abuse that power to say what is fake and what isn't themselves to lie to the people (which they're already doing with FB and a few other platforms)
No, regulating social media should not be regulated by the government or by private companies unless the material posted is a punishable criminal offense (i.e. pedophilia). Social media should be a forum for free speech.
No, the private companies should not be regulated for non-commercial activites such as free expression of ideas. Private citizens should be expected and allowed the opportunity to exercise judgement and critical thinking regardless of their likelihood of doing so.
I would agree to this but it just seems like a double-edged sword; it's so hard to distinguish bw fact and fiction,regardless of whose in "power".Social Media, including News Networks, at the end of the day are businesses but,its PEOPLE (citizens and elected officials) who use these mediums to spread misinformation as well..
Yes, the gov't should regulate them. Fake news and misinformation should be determined by the individual. Not the company or gov't. The regulation should enforce those social media companies can not censor or manipulate what entities and individuals post. Let the population decide what is valid and real.
Yes, but rather than deleting posts or statements which may be deemed false, a "warning" of sorts should be attached to it where people on these sites can see. This will prevent them from having too much power over what they determine to be real or fake information but it will also allow for users to be well informed on the possible inaccuracy of what they are reading, like a fact-check.
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act must be clarified. I support freedom of speech and deleting posts should not be allowed. Posts unwanted by the platform should only allowed to be hidden visually while giving the option to users to see such posts if they wish.
The government should not be able to regulate it, however the social media companies should be punished for spreading it and as it is so right now, for burying and outright banning information. Also you should not be able to be shadow banned for having an opposing political view.
No and yes. The government should not determine what is real news or not; however a social media platform should not determine real or fake news either. The government should absolutely for social media companies to strictly be platforms not publishers
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