Social media big pushes again on guidelines

CANBERRA, AAP – Facebook has backed out on social media regulation, claiming it is at risk of being “chased into a rage” by countries like Australia.

The tech giant, renamed Meta, is struggling with global accounting for transparency and the abuse of its platforms.

His Vice President for Global Affairs and former UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg agrees that the company needs to release more data.

“We will see new laws in India, Australia, Great Britain, in the EU, possibly also in the USA in the next few years,” he told a forum of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute on Friday.

“It’s all in the books, it’s in preparation.

“I think some of them are really good. I happen to find some of them not very good. Some of it is chased through in anger. “

Clegg thought the Internet was approaching its “Bretton Woods moment,” a reference to the Allied countries’ agreement to regulate international finance after World War II.

“There are some fundamental principles in democracies of privacy, transparency, accountability and freedom of expression in relation to open data flows that I believe are essential to keep the global internet as innovative as it is,” he said.

“We have to publish more and more data. We need to give researchers more access to do their own research with our data.

“Thankfully, the vast majority of content on social media is good, innocent, playful, positive.”

Secretary of State Marise Payne told the forum that technology companies should take responsibility for the abuse.

It highlighted disinformation about COVID-19 – perpetrated by some coalition backbenchers – as well as the manipulation of social media by authoritarian regimes and the harassment of women and girls.

“There is still a responsibility to approach these issues from a government perspective, from a technology perspective, from a platform perspective, and of course from a civil society perspective in the community,” said Senator Payne.

Meta came under fire in October from data scientist Frances Haugen, who accused her former employer of failing to act despite knowing his systems were causing damage.

Regardless, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has blown social media up as a “coward’s palace” filled with anonymous trolls and flagged measures to hold companies accountable.

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