Facebook’s chief spokesperson said the company was prepared to undergo greater scrutiny to ensure its algorithms are working as intended and not harming users. Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, defended the company’s business practices against accusations from a whistleblower that it put profits above the well-being of users.
Algorithms “should be held accountable, if necessary by regulation so that people can match what our systems say they are supposed to do with what is actually going on,” Clegg said on “State of the Union”. CNN, one of three American news-shows on Sundays.
French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern welcome Christchurch appeal
Nick Clegg, vice president of global affairs and communications for Facebook Inc., speaks to reporters as he leaves the Christchurch Call initiative, aimed at curbing the promotion of violent extremism online, at the Palace of the ‘Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Wednesday, May 15, 2019.
French and New Zealand leaders will lead a summit with representatives of major global technology companies in Paris on Wednesday, as governments and Silicon Valley struggle to contain hate speech and incitement to violence on the internet.
Clegg also said Facebook is ready to change a provision in the 1996 U.S. law that insulates businesses from liability for what users post. Facebook is prepared to limit these protections, “provided they apply the systems and their policies as they are supposed to,” he said.
Last week, Frances Haugen, former product manager for Facebook, told a Senate Commerce Committee panel that the company’s pursuit of profits is fueling the division and harming the mental health of young users. His testimony follows a series of Wall Street Journal articles, based on internal Facebook research that Haugen shared. Haugen had also sent information to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The testimony gave momentum to recent efforts by lawmakers to pass legislation to further regulate the social media giant. Lawmakers are considering bills that, among other things, would limit the protection of these companies from lawsuits and increase the protection of user privacy.
Senator Amy Klobuchar said the whistleblower’s allegations point to the need for stronger antitrust enforcement. The Minnesota Democrat blamed Congressional inaction on lobbying the tech industry.
“Around every corner there are tech lobbyists, there is money they throw in the city that made lawmakers listen to them instead of listening to the facts,” Klobuchar said. on “State of the Union”. “
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