But don’t fall for the new regulation trap.
Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times stating Facebook needs to be broken up. He has called it a monopoly and states that Mark Zuckerberg has become too powerful.
Indeed, Zuckerberg holds a position that we simply have not seen before. The amount of communications that run through Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram is enormous. And Facebook is not showing the responsibility it should.
Of course, the first thought when speaking about Facebook and responsibility is to think of users privacy and Facebook’s absolute abuse of that privacy. But more recently, and more frighteningly, Facebook is responsible for something likely even more heinous. Facebook is deciding who can, and cannot, be heard.
This last week Facebook has committed large scale deplatforming. The liberal social media company has targeted many high profile conservative commentators and completely banned them from their platforms. Some of those which were banned have been deemed far-right by those in media, but it didn’t stop there. Far more moderate voices have since been banned, and those that have spoken of those names on the platform have also found themselves banned.
In response, some republican politicians have called for regulating these social media platforms. I can see why. After all, their side of the conversation is being silenced, while those that are even more extreme than the banned individuals on the other side are given free reign. However, those republican politicians that are calling for regulation, are simply falling for the left’s trap.
The fact of the matter is that regulating the internet, and legistlating new laws to do so, have been on the democrat’s docket for some time. Nancy Pelosi has called for new laws concerning this, and even Mark Zuckerberg himself has asked for congress to do so.
We do not need new laws. We simply need to enforce those that we have.
Facebook (and other social media giants) have long argued that they are a platform, and not a publisher. By claiming platform status, they cannot be held liable for what is taking place on their service. A good example is a telephone company. The telephone company cannot be held liable for conversations which we have on the telephone. But there is a big difference here, and that is that the telephone company is not deciding on political grounds who is allowed to speak on their service and who is to be silenced. Facebook is. And this makes them more of a publisher than a platform, and therefor they should be held liable for what is being posted on their services.
It’s really quite simple, there are already laws in place that could easily address the issues we are currently seeing with social media giants. They are simply not being enforced. And now it seems that Congress is looking to add more laws to the books to combat these issues.
Why would they take this unnecessary tactic?
Quite simply, legislating new laws means one thing, transferrence of power. Politicians love passing new laws, as it means more power for them. But that power doesn’t come from nowhere. It is transferred from the people to the politicians. And sadly, we can be sure that these new laws will not be enforced any more than those previous laws .
Facebook has time and time again proven itself unworthy of the power which it has been handed by users. Sadly, our politicians have done the same thing. We users and voters should not fall for it again. Americans should demand that our government take care of the issues using the power that it already wields, and not use these issues as a ploy to wrest more power from the people.