Facebook vice president Nick Clegg said Sunday that his company is counting on Congress to take action that would change the way its social networking platform does business.
After a Senate hearing in which former Facebook data scientist Francis Hogan was sharply criticized, former British Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Mr Clegg told ABC “This Week” that some things are just government. Can.
Mr Clegg said: “I think if there’s a silver lining this week, it’s probably now that we can move beyond slogans, voices, simple caricatures, and really see the solution and yes, and of course, Rules. ” “There are things that only legislators can do: only legislators can amend section 230, only legislators can legislate federal secrecy, only legislators can introduce laws to protect our elections. And this is not a substitute for the responsibility that Facebook gets.
At last week’s hearing, Connecticut Democrats Ms. Hagen and Sen. Richard Blumenthal compared the social media company to Big Tobacco companies for their alleged knowledge of the children of their products.
Facebook executives called the comparison “extremely misleading.”
“Well, of course we’re going to try to make ourselves more transparent so that people can hold us accountable,” Mr Clegg told ABC. “We believe that with success comes responsibility, comes criticism, comes scrutiny, comes responsibility, and that’s why we’re the first Silicon Valley company to set up an independent oversight board that Makes independent decisions on content. ”
Facebook’s Democratic critics in Congress are tired of the tech platforms policing their users. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klubcher told CNN she appreciated hearing that Mr. Clegg was willing to talk about policy changes, but said: “It’s time to talk, it’s time to act. Is.
“Basically, social media companies have been saying for so long, and other tech platforms, ‘Trust us, we got it.’ Well, look where we are now, “said Ms. Klubucher. “The street boy tells me that his mother-in-law will not get the vaccine because he read on social media that it will put a microchip in his arm. We know that the majority of people who are not getting the vaccine use these platforms. But reads things.
Ms Kalbochar said she felt Congress needed to update its “competitive policy”, citing privacy legislation and no-confidence laws affecting tech companies.