U.K. Parliament Calls Facebook “Digital Gangsters”…. A Big Hint To #DeleteFaceBook

This isn’t going to help Facebook’s image. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee released its final report [Warning: PDF] after studying Facebook, disinformation and fake news on February 18th, which called the company and its executives as “digital gangsters.”

Democracy is at risk from the malicious and relentless targeting of citizens with disinformation and personalized ‘dark adverts’ from unidentifiable sources, delivered through the major social media platforms we use every day

And:

Companies like Facebook should not be allowed to behave like ‘digital gangsters’ in the online world, considering themselves to be ahead of and beyond the law.

The UK is a country that is serious about making Facebook pay. To that end, here’s what is recommended:

  • The report calls for a code of ethics for tech companies that would be overseen by an independent regulator
  • The regulator would be given powers to launch legal action
  • The government look to reform current electoral laws
  • Social media companies are forced to take down harmful content
  • Tech companies are taxed.

I can pretty much assume that this is not going over well at Facebook HQ. They could really get smacked silly if they’re not careful. Perhaps they should take a more conciliatory approach and be a good corporate citizen.

Nah. That’s too much to hope for from these people. They have proven that time and time again.

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