LibyaNN - Zuckerberg Libya social media dilemma

LibyaNN - Zuckerberg Libya social media dilemma

(LibyaNN)-  While Facebook says it already removes content calling for or advocating violence and bans organizations and individuals that proclaim a violent mission, Libya continues to see growing movements that have celebrated violent acts, shown that they have weapons and suggest they will use them, or have individual followers with patterns of violent behavior.

Currently the algorithms Facebook now uses to eliminate hate speech only operate in certain languages.

This means it has become simpler for Facebook to include the spread of religious or racial hatred on the internet in the primarily developed countries and communities where global languages such as English, Spanish and Mandarin dominate.

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in February that while her office was not investigating Facebook, she monitored how the company used data. Her comments came after Germany's antitrust office ruled that Facebook was abusing its dominant market position by combining its data with information from Instagram, WhatsApp, and third-party websites.

At a considerable escalation of political censorship on its own platform, Facebook printed an upgrade on Wednesday to its "Dangerous People and Organizations" coverage which labels left handed and anarchist organizations too violent and amalgamates them with fascist militia groups and extremists.

In Macron, a few months ago, Zuckerberg was meeting a power broker who has tremendous sway over how future EU regulators will approach the issue of online data and competition.

With Britain leaving the European Union and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on her way out, Macron has a significant role in upcoming EU personnel changes.

"Macron thinks he can be the kingmaker ... [with] oversize influence in picking the president of the European Commission," said Celia Belin, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution.

He is also likely to have sway over who will replace key EU commissioners, including Vestager. And that made Macron a crucial meeting for Zuckerberg.

Zuckerberg said in a statement that the talks focused on issues like privacy, data portability, and election interference. Yet one French official who had lunch with Zuckerberg on Friday, the junior minister for digital affairs Cédric O, told CNN Business that the question of dismantling Facebook is "on the table."

France's social media proposals' centerpiece is an internal regulatory system from the companies themselves that would delete hate conduct, with the "duty of care" placed squarely on the platforms.

While Zuckerberg has said he is open to regulation and is engaged in discussions with governments worldwide, O noted the rules of the road are not for companies to decide. "It is not for the platforms to decide what justice they should apply. The state makes the rules," he said.