Are you comfortable with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg creating “clear guidance and clear rules for the Internet”? That is his goal, he says, and wants to update Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA).
According to a report by Deadline, Zuckerberg stated that the platform is taking steps to reduce political content on Facebook in order to make more “healthy communities.”
Zuckerberg said, “What we are hearing is that people don’t want politics and fighting to take over their experience on our service. We are still working through the best way to do this… We will still let people engage in political groups and discussion if they want to.”
Zuckerberg stated that only a small minority of content on Facebook is political and that the vast majority of users would rather it continue to stay that way. Zuckerberg said: “There has been this frenzy across society where a lot of things have become political and politics have been creeping into everything. And we have seen that people don’t want that. They come to connect with friends and family… We can potentially do a better job…”
The company posted strong 2020 fourth-quarter numbers but noted that an antitrust lawsuit from the FTC and most states and a possible repeal of Section 230 could pose a threat in the future. Section 230 grants the internet broad legal immunity and freedom to moderate content, many have called for a repeal of Section 230. In November of 2020, former President Donald Trump called for the repeal of Section 230 stating: “For purposes of National Security, Section 230 must be immediately terminated!!!”
Zuckerberg declined to comment on the FTC but stated: “On regulation overall, the point that I would to highlight is that it would be very helpful to us and the Internet sector for there to be clearer rules and expectations around some of these social issues, around how content should be handled, elections should be handled, what privacy norms the government wants to see in place. Because these questions all have tradeoffs.”
He also added that Section 230 needs to be updated “to make sure it’s working the way people intended.”
The way people intended, or the way you intend, Zuck?
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