According to a new parliamentary report released by the United Kingdom says Facebook should no longer be allowed to govern itself and it’s time for the government to step in as the cop on the beat,
The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee of the UK Parliament has published its final report after more than 18 months of investigation into Facebook and its privacy practices. Members of Parliament (MPs) have requested that social media companies be required to remove “harmful” or “illegal” content on their platforms and be held liable for it according to a compulsory code of ethics, a policy that has been hotly contested in the US.
This new report lays the groundwork for further legislation that could officially codify these requests into law. “Our inquiry over the last year has identified three big threats to our society,” Damian Collins, DCMS chair who has led this investigation said. “The challenge for the year ahead is to start to fix them; we cannot delay any longer.”
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The committee also requested that the government reform some of its own laws involving political advertising and asks that it further investigate foreign influences in political campaigns.
“Among the countless innocuous postings of celebrations and holiday snaps, some malicious forces use Facebook to threaten and harass others, to publish revenge porn, to disseminate hate speech and propaganda of all kinds, and to influence elections and democratic processes,” the report says. “Much of which Facebook, and other social media companies, are either unable or unwilling to prevent.”