French record over social networks’ control boosts burden on Facebook

Several leading French experts on Friday slammed efforts by social networks to self-regulate and their “lack of credibility” like President Emmanuel Macron met Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg for talks. The leading authorities and specialists commissioned by the French govt called for control of the cluster and other online platforms after being given unprecedented access in the latest months to Facebook’s procedures.

Zuckerberg met Macron at the Elysee Palace on Friday, facing fresh burden to crack down on the spread of disinformation as well as a call from a co-founder of Facebook for the California-based giant to be broken up. The French record called “Creating a French Response to Make Social Media Responsible”, was drawn up by experts and leading French civil servants and has been uploaded to France’s digital ministry.

It acknowledged the large freedoms offered by social networking in the entire world, but declared that “the capacities offered by social networking provoke unacceptable abuses of these liberties”. “These abuses by individuals or sets have not yet received a satisfactory reaction from Facebook, YouTube, Twitter or Snap, to name but some,” it declared.

The record declared that the reaction by large social networking groups like Facebook to abuses and disinformation too often came after the fact and when problems were already finished. “( Self-regulation ) lacks credibility,” it concluded, including that the lack of transparency “arouses suspicion over the reality of the steps by the platforms”. The record proposed that every member state of the European Union set up its own regulatory authority to police social networks, rather than relying on control of them in the nations where they are dependent.

Facebook has its European headquarters in low-tax Ireland which under present guidelines would have responsibility for regulating it. “Through the excesses that they enable, social networks make trouble in other nations, ( which are ) tough to see by the home nation,” the record added. Macron has been 1 of Europe’s most vocal critics of light-touch regulation of Zuckerberg’s empire which includes Facebook as well as the widely used Instagram and WhatsApp platforms. Chris Hughes, a co-founder of the Facebook, wrote in an editorial posted in The New York Times on Thursday that the organization should be broken up.

“It’s time to break up Facebook,” wrote Hughes, who along with Zuckerberg founded the online network in their dorm room while each was students at Harvard University in 2004.

Hughes declared Zuckerberg’s “focus on growth led him to sacrifice safety and civility for clicks”, and warned that his global influence had become “staggering”. Draft legislation in France to boost tax on digital giants was also likely to be on the agenda of Macron’s conference with Zuckerberg after lawmakers gave initial approval final month despite alerts from US officials that the move is “discriminatory”.

Turkey’s state-run news agent speaks the country’s information security agent has fined Facebook 1.650 million Turkish lire ( $270,000 ) for contravening information laws and regulations. The Turkish Personal Details Security Authority said on Friday the fine was imposed over an application bug that exposed millions of Facebook users’ private pictures to third-party app designers.

The authority ruled the social networking company had not taken the needed technical calculates to safeguard the information and failed to notify authorities about the bug in a timely manner. Facebook declared in December that an application bug may have affected 6 .8 million people who utilized Facebook to log into further services and permitted permission for third-party applications to access photos for 12 days in September.

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