UK Politicians have begun to throw shades at Zuckerberg and his business empire Facebook, which they regarded as the source, which gave a rise to fake news in the United Kingdoms.
This is coming as a ‘fact’ after an 18 month investigation by the UK parliament through the circulation chain of news on the new media front, they predominantly blamed Zuckerberg’s Facebook especially for giving a great platform to fake news and its spread.
The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee said Facebook “obfuscated” information and refused to probe potential Russian abuse until forced to by the US Senate to do, which does not make it totally people sensitive.
Also they stated that the social media giant has helped spread disinformation and hatred against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar. “Facebook is releasing a product that is dangerous to consumers and deeply unethical,” the report states.
The report details Facebook’s failings and proposes measures that would result in drastic changes at the social network. For one, it recommends criminal prosecution against Facebook if it fails to act against harmful and illegal content.
It also recommends bans on micro-targeted political ads, the creation of a new designation for Facebook that’s somewhere in between platform and publisher, new powers for the UK Electoral Commission to combat fake news on social media, and a comprehensive overhaul of election advertising legislation.
Finally, it issued another demand that Mark Zuckerberg “come to the committee to answer questions to which Facebook has not responded adequately to date.”
A professional global Code of Ethics should be developed by tech companies, in collaboration with this and other governments, academics, and interested parties, including the World Summit on Information Society, to set down in writing what is and what is not acceptable by users on social media, with possible liabilities for companies and for individuals working for those companies, including those technical engineers involved in creating the software for the companies.
The committee also expressed concern about Cambridge Analytica, specifically that it had worked for the UK government with a “secret clearance.” It also points out that the firm had ties with a Malta-based company that was essentially selling passports to Malta (and by extension to Europe). It notes that investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, assassinated by a car bomb last year, was investigating that very passport scheme.