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i wanted to like Mark Zuckerberg's speech today. here are a few reasons it disappoints. newsroom.fb.com/news/2019/10/m…
there is so much about free speech (a concept he does not define) but nothing about standards. he makes it personal, starting with his creation story, which reinforces the sense that he's the adjudicator in chief. So much "I".
'voice & inclusion' is pablum. the question is what are fb's standards for moderating content.
somewhere north of 85% of fb users are outside the united states. yet so much in the speech centers around so-called american values. are non-american users relevant?
even when he talks about restrictions, he frames it with the first amendment
here was the opportunity to take a swing at standards, & he whiffed
i have been having a human rights conversation with ppl in the valley for several years, fb and others. many at fb get it! and yet here it's still abt "which nation's values" will dominate? it's in contrast to #China, but the choice is not a US or China model.
there is nothing in the speech abt transparency of rulemaking and enforcement. i wrote abt that and human rights standards generally in this report to the UN here:
overall: this reads to me like fb, in @Klonick's resonant phrase, as 'governors' - as colonial ones exporting 'american values'. it's not even a totally accurate view of his own platform (...or is it?). a missed oppty & possibly counterproductive globally.
stay tuned. my report to the UN on Monday is on online hate speech. will share as soon as it's up.
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