The CEO of Facebook is now in the press asking for more government control over the internet – openly asking for rules and regulations that would look more like the authoritarian speech control, more European style. A member of the US House is now saying that Facebook does not get to make the rules anymore as it is under criminal and civil investigation.
So the announcement by the Facebook CEO looks more like a public service announcement – and a relations campaign. These issues are now coming under government scrutiny as the backlash against the company is strong, and as Big Tech comes under pressure, because of speech control and the Cambridge Analytics data leak.
The public is now looking at anti-trust and privacy concerns as Big Tech is now the target for 2020 election candidates. Elizabeth Warren has stated that she is going to focus on these firms and their practices in the future – this would suggest that even if she does not win, she will make it her goal to affect change in this space.
“Lawmakers often tell me we have too much power over speech, and frankly I agree,” Zuckerberg wrote. “I have come to believe that we should not make so many important decisions about speech on our own.”
The free speech issue is now raging on college campuses and this means it will be a key topic in these tech companies in the future.