8 Oct. 2021 15:35
After an ex-employee testified that so-called tech companies like Facebook think of profit first and foremost, politicians took notice. The current Federal Minister of Justice, Christine Lambrecht, is calling for stricter rules for platforms such as Facebook. She supposedly wants to protect users.
Online platforms like Facebook are increasingly being targeted by politics. The executive minister of justice, Christine Lambrecht (SPD), wants to “tighten the reins” on Facebook after the latest revelations about business practices that are common there. That reported that Editorial network Germany (RND) on Thursday.
“The recent revelations around Facebook prove how urgently we need strong and effective regulation of social networks in Europe, “Lambrecht was quoted as saying. She accused the platforms of using their algorithms to intensify hatred and agitation and to promote undesirable political and social developments. Appeals to a sense of responsibility and self-regulation of the networks would be unsuccessful.
The minister complained loudly RNDthat “in case of doubt, profit interests are given priority over social responsibility”. Given the market power and the social relevance of the large tech companies, this is “unacceptable.” That is why Lambrecht considers it “important Facebook & Co. to put on reins and pull them tight “.
Root of evil
According to the report, the SPD politician referred to the EU Commission’s draft for a so-called “Digital Services Act” (DSA). Among other things, this provides for compliance with special duties of care through very large online platforms. These would be obliged to carry out a risk assessment at least once a year and to take measures to reduce the risk.
Lambrecht does it loudly RND Not yet far enough: “One root of the evil is that online platforms use personalized advertising and rely on the model of the attention economy that is producing the excesses that have now been identified. We want users to use the services without personalized advertising and that personalized advertising to minors is prohibited. “
Facebook has recently come under considerable pressure after allegations by a former employee and – regardless of that – after hours of downtime in its services. The whistleblower Frances Haugen recently told the US Senate that the company puts profits above the safety and well-being of its users. Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg disagreed, according to media reports. “That is simply not true,” he said in an email to the Group’s employees.
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