Facebook's Moment for Thought Leadership on Internet Regulation Has Passed
It’s no surprise that Mark Zuckerberg has called for “updating the rules for the Internet” – he signaled as much last April in his testimony before the U.S. Senate, inclining his head towards the yoke of regulation. But things have changed significantly since then and Zuckerberg has missed his moment to lead on the design of regulation addressing toxic content, online accelerants of hate, security breaches, abusive data practices, and all the rest.
If it’s curdled public opinion Zuckerberg is seeking to refresh, his ideas are not bold enough. If it’s clueless politicians he is seeking to enlighten, they have advanced beyond these ideas with concrete policy proposals. Senator Mark Warner has laid out a roadmap for big tech regulation. Senator Liz Warren wants to break up big tech. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has laid out its big ideas to reign in big tech in its Digital Platforms Inquiry. The UK Parliament issued similar calls for action. And so it goes.