October 16, 2021 12:47 am
Facebook exec on improving platform: ‘There are certain things only lawmakers can do’

Facebook exec on improving platform: ‘There are certain things only lawmakers can do’

Facebook Vice President Nick Clegg said Sunday that his company is counting on Congress to take action that will change how his social networking platform does its business.

After a Senate hearing that featured criticism from Frances Haugen (ex-Facebook data science), Mr. Clegg , former deputy Prime Minister of the U.K., and leader of Liberal Democrats, said on ABC’s “This Week” that only the government can do certain things.

” I think there is a silver lining to this week. It’s that we might be able to look beyond the slogans and the sound bites and instead, actually consider solutions and, of course, regulation,” Mr. stated. “There are some things only legislators can do: only lawmakers have the power to amend Section 230,, only lawmakers have the ability to introduce federal privacy legislation, and only lawmakers can create laws protecting our elections. Facebook is responsible for .”

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Last week, Senator Richard Blumenthal (Conn. Democrat) and Ms. Haugen compared the social media company with Big Tobacco companies in terms of their alleged knowledge about their products’ harm to kids.

The Facebook executive called this comparison “extremely misleading.”

“We will, of course. seek to be ever more transparent so that people can hold us accountable,” Mr. Clegg stated on ABC. “We know that success brings responsibility, comes criticism and comes scrutiny, comes accountability, that’s why our company is the first Silicon Valley business to establish an independent oversight board that adjudicates these difficult content decisions .”

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Facebook‘s Democratic critics in Congress are tired of tech platforms’ talk of policing their users. CNN spoke with Senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota, who said she was pleased to hear that Mr. Clegg was open to discussing policy changes. However, she stated that the time for discussion is over and it is time for action.

” Basically, the social media companies and other tech platforms have been saying for so long, “Trust us, this is what we got.” Ms. Klobuchar stated. “The man down the street says his mother-in law won’t get vaccines because she saw on social media that it would place a microchip inside her arm. We know that most people who don’t get vaccines have read information on these platforms.

Ms. Klobuchar said she thought Congress needed to enact privacy legislation and update “competition policy” referring to antitrust laws affecting tech companies.

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