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Facebook proposes new EU regulation: Build a "moat" for itself

via:cnBeta.COM     time:2020/2/18 13:10:38     readed:382

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is lobbying EU regulators in Brussels to enact new laws to regulate areas such as artificial intelligence and content moderation, foreign media reported. If regulators follow Facebook's advice, they may increase the power of social networks.

In fact, the EU's general data protection regulation (gdpr) has already reflected this point. The starting point of this idea is to strengthen privacy protection and weaken the exploitative data collection relied on by the business models of technology giants such as Facebook and Google. However, according to who tracksmee, the result is that Facebook and Google's market share in the EU has actually increased or slightly decreased, and all other advertising technology providers have been destroyed by this regulation.


Technology giants such as Facebook have lawyers, lobbyists, engineers, designers and steady cash flow to cope with regulatory changes, while smaller competitors don't spend time and money complying with the rules but choose to give up, downsize or sell.

Under gdpr supervision, each player must add new transparency and choose not to add features. If Facebook passes a series of requests, it will move forward largely undisturbed as competitors and upstarts race to catch up.


But that doesn't mean these protections are unreasonable for every company, but regulators need to consider issues Facebook doesn't imply.

Here, let's take a quick look at the suggestions made by Facebook. It's not hard to see that all the content it puts forward is what it has achieved:

User-friendly channels for reporting content --Facebook every post and object can be marked by the user and the reason can be explained;

External oversight of policy or implementation - facebook is in the final stages of identifying its independent oversight committee;

Regular public law enforcement data reports - facebook publishes twice a year reports on the implementation of its community standards;

Publishing platform content standards --Facebook publishes their standards and updates them;

Consult stakeholders when making major changes - facebook will consult a Security Advisory Committee and will create a new oversight committee;

Create a channel for users to appeal the company's decision to delete content - Facebook's Oversight Committee will review the content deletion complaint;

Take incentives to achieve specific goals, such as keeping the prevalence of illegal content below an agreed threshold - Facebook has been touting how to proactively detect 99% of children's naked content and 80% of hate speech, and delete 99% of Isis and Al Qaeda content.


Finally, Facebook also proposed that it should stipulate what content should be banned on the Internet on the basis of recognizing the differences between user preferences and Internet services, allowing large-scale implementation and flexibility between language, trend and context. In response, Facebook has launched different content in different regions to comply with local laws. Zuckerberg also said he supports customized filtering of content, with the default setting set by the local majority.

In addition, Facebook made $18 billion in profits from user data in 2019, but repeatedly let people see that it did not fully protect the data.

For regulators in the European Union and the United States, there is still a lot to investigate: should Facebook be taxed for its use of AI? How does the company treat and pay its human content moderators? Will requiring users to export an interoperable list of friends promote much-needed competition in social networks so that the market forces Facebook to do better? As Thierry Breton, EU internal market commissioner, told reporters after Zuckerberg's meeting with regulators, "adapting to these companies is not about us, it's about them adapting to us."


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