Federal report: Facebook broke law to destroy others

Federal report: Facebook broke law to destroy others

"The rights of the citizen need to be established in statute, by requiring the tech companies to adhere to a code of conduct written into law by Parliament, and overseen by an independent regulator".

"Companies like Facebook should not be allowed to behave like "digital gangsters" in the online world, considering themselves to be ahead of and beyond the law".

British lawmakers on Monday accused Facebook of "intentionally and knowingly" violating data privacy and anti-competition laws as they called for social media companies to assume clear legal liabilities for content shared on their platforms.

"We believe that in its evidence to the committee, Facebook has often deliberately sought to frustrate our work, by giving incomplete, disingenuous and at times misleading answers to our questions", Collins said, according to the BBC.

Shadow culture secretary Tom Watson said: "Labour agrees with the Committee's ultimate conclusion: the era of self-regulation for tech companies must end immediately".

New regulations: The report calls for a range of measures, including the following...

The report states: "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 - much of which Facebook, and other social media companies, are either unable or unwilling to prevent".

Her father accused Facebook-owned Instagram of facilitating her death, by failing to remove images of self-harm.

It said it had made substantial changes, including the authorisation of every political advert, and it was investing heavily in identifying abusive content.

Lawmakers in Europe and the United States are scrambling to get to grips with the risks posed by big tech companies regulating the platforms used by billions of people.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg did not do himself or his company any favors by repeatedly refusing to testify before the DCMS committee.

The committee's 110-page report isn't legally binding, but will be treated by government as a recommendation when drafting new legislation.

In addition, the report says that social media networks should be "obliged to take down known sources of harmful content, including proven sources of disinformation".

Elizabeth Denham, the Information Commissioner said: "The DCMS inquiry has been vital to understanding the increasingly complex era of digital political campaigning, big data and disinformation online and we have welcomed the opportunity to contribute to it".

"No other channel for political advertising is as transparent and offers the tools that we do", said Palant.

Palant, the Facebook public policy manager, said that the company shares the committee's "concerns about false news and election integrity" and that it had made "a significant contribution to their investigation" by answering more than 700 questions.

In 2017, Collins's panel set out to study social media broadly - including data that companies, including Facebook, collect online and their approach to handling the rise of misinformation across the Web.

And in December, a trove of documents released by the committee offered evidence that the social network had used its enormous trove of user data as a competitive weapon, often in ways created to keep its users in the dark.

Despite specific requests, Facebook has not provided us with one example of a business excluded from its platform because of serious data breaches.

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