Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has asked for regulators globally to be more proactive in data privacy concerns. He said, regulating agencies could play a “more important role” in laying down the ground rules that ensure data privacy of social media participants, or users of any social media. This has come close on the heels of global criticism of FB for not handling user privacy correctly.
Last month in New Zealand, an attack on a mosque which was telecast live on FB for some time before it was taken off, raised very pertinent questions on users’ privacy. Even before that incident, FB has been under pressure for failing to adequately police content and protect user privacy on its platform. They have been promising a standardized approach for removing content that would help keep internet companies accountable.
“By updating the rules for the Internet, we can preserve what’s best about it – the freedom for people to express themselves and for entrepreneurs to build new things – while also protecting society from broader harms. Our systems would be more effective if regulation created common standards for verifying political actors. It is important for the internet — and for creating services people want. It requires clear rules about who’s responsible for protecting information when it moves between services,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Washington Post article.