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Post by Maddog on Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:12 pm

The cries to regulate Facebook are getting louder and louder.
This week they’re coming from a familiar foe: The UK’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, which has been investigating Facebook’s role in spreading disinformation. The Committee issued a new report on Sunday that said, “Facebook intentionally and knowingly violated both data privacy and anti-competition laws” in the UK — a conclusion the committee came to based on a cache of internal emails it collected last fall.
The report also calls for more regulation for Facebook, and described the company as “digital gangsters” for how it handles its users’ data.
The committee suggested a number of ways to regulate Facebook:

  • It suggested that UK regulators “investigate whether Facebook specifically has been involved in any anti-competitive practices.” In other words, is Facebook a monopoly?

  • It suggested that Facebook be regulated as “a new category of tech company” that is “not necessarily either a ‘platform’ or a ‘publisher.’” The committee would like Facebook to “assume legal liability for content identified as harmful after it has been posted by users.” Today, tech platforms like Facebook and Twitter are not held liable if their users post something illegal as long as they remove it.

  • It suggested that a “Code of Ethics” be created to identify what is considered “harmful content.” Facebook and other platforms would then be regulated to ensure that they don’t spread that content.




https://www.recode.net/2019/2/18/18229833/facebook-regulation-uk-india-germany-ftc



That's a hard fucking no from me.  The weasels dont like being able to control the narrative and despise large numbers of citizens exchanging unapproved ideas negative of the government. 


Social media has been a game changer and the folks running the show dont like the game being changed.  

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Post by The Devil, You Know on Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:08 pm

it may well eventually be able to regulate what happens in the uk on facebook, but would not be able to enforce that outside of the uk. A VPN would be a quick way to get around it

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Post by Thorin on Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:26 pm

Maddog wrote:The cries to regulate Facebook are getting louder and louder.
This week they’re coming from a familiar foe: The UK’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, which has been investigating Facebook’s role in spreading disinformation. The Committee issued a new report on Sunday that said, “Facebook intentionally and knowingly violated both data privacy and anti-competition laws” in the UK — a conclusion the committee came to based on a cache of internal emails it collected last fall.
The report also calls for more regulation for Facebook, and described the company as “digital gangsters” for how it handles its users’ data.
The committee suggested a number of ways to regulate Facebook:

  • It suggested that UK regulators “investigate whether Facebook specifically has been involved in any anti-competitive practices.” In other words, is Facebook a monopoly?

  • It suggested that Facebook be regulated as “a new category of tech company” that is “not necessarily either a ‘platform’ or a ‘publisher.’” The committee would like Facebook to “assume legal liability for content identified as harmful after it has been posted by users.” Today, tech platforms like Facebook and Twitter are not held liable if their users post something illegal as long as they remove it.

  • It suggested that a “Code of Ethics” be created to identify what is considered “harmful content.” Facebook and other platforms would then be regulated to ensure that they don’t spread that content.




https://www.recode.net/2019/2/18/18229833/facebook-regulation-uk-india-germany-ftc



That's a hard fucking no from me.  The weasels dont like being able to control the narrative and despise large numbers of citizens exchanging unapproved ideas negative of the government. 


Social media has been a game changer and the folks running the show dont like the game being changed.  


I agree with you on this

There is this also you can read here

Damian Collins’ committee has this morning published its report into “Disinformation and ‘fake news’” and off the bat it is a full-on onslaught of new heavy-handed regulations that could herald the end of a free and open internet.

The report recommends that tech companies cease to be seen as platforms, and shift to being seen much more as publishers, establishing a new Government written “Code of Ethics” overseen by yet another new quango given “statutory powers to monitor relevant tech companies”:

“tech companies assume legal liability for content identified as harmful after it has been posted by users”

Calling to end platform neutral status for internet companies would end social media as we know it. If Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or any other user-centred host of content became classified as publishers, why would any company allow anything to be posted without central approval first? Doing anything else would leave that company legally liable for whatever its users posted on the site…

Publisher status would necessitate pre-approval by legal teams for everything that was posted, so that companies would avoid getting sued. A precautionary principle would have to be adopted – we would end up with a small group of out-of-touch politicians and technocrats deciding what is acceptable to say on the internet. In reality this would lead to a mass exodus of global companies from the UK…

The UK is home to more tech companies than anywhere else in Europe. There is a tech boom of new startups and more ‘tech unicorn’ billion dollar valued companies than anywhere else in Europe. Collins’ hugely misguided plans would destroy all of that if they were ever implemented…

https://order-order.com/2019/02/18/damian-collins-calls-end-internet-freedom/

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Post by 'Wolfie on Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:24 pm

Rolling Eyes

This is what happens when clueless fuckwit politicians start contemplating matters way beyond their pitiful pre-neanderthal comprehensions...

And appoint clueless inbred wastrels to various government departments and committees -- once again putting nepotism and party loyalty ahead of actual merit..

Do those gormless fuckwits with Napoleon complexes in the Tory Party really believe that they're in any position to dictate to a company like Facebook how they should be behaving ?

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Post by Maddog on Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:26 am

One of my favorite (notice the correct spelling Wink  ) sayings is, "make 1984 fiction again".

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Post by veya_victaous on Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:32 am

it totally should regulate facebook

not Facebook users but Facebook itself definitely,
their Data harvesting algorithms (plus Google's and Amazon's) make 1984 look like 'bad fiction' they are smarter they don't require you to be 'profiled' they entice you to profile yourself for them. they don't put cameras and microphones in your house or to watch you in the street no need to attach a tracking device.... when they've convinced you to carry it around and keep it charged, pull it out at all time ... and all those little games and time wasting apps for some reason needed access to the camera and mic hardware Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes

at the moment they are supposedly only monetizing it from advertising, but the amount of money in them is far more than could be generated from mere advertising. I think they're selling brainwashing, they're selling a line of communication to your subconscious.

they have built some very powerful tech, too powerful to not be regulated. 

they have already shown they can choose the president of the free world  Wink

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Post by Fred Moletrousers on Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:26 am

WhoseYourWolfie wrote:Rolling Eyes

This is what happens when clueless fuckwit politicians start contemplating matters way beyond their pitiful pre-neanderthal comprehensions...

And appoint clueless inbred wastrels to various government departments and committees --  once again putting nepotism and party loyalty ahead of actual merit..

Do those gormless fuckwits with Napoleon complexes in the Tory Party really believe that they're in any position to dictate to a company like Facebook how they should be behaving  ?


Well at least those Momentum thugs found Facebook very useful for sending their rape, death and violence threats to Labour MPs who opposed Comrade Corbyn's leadership of the party, Dave.
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