I find this point from @FrancesHaugen telling in terms how US social media companies (and, frankly) US-based reporters and others view #misinformation. It’s as if they haven’t looked beyond their noses to the wider world & lack of support for tackling this problem elsewhere.
I won’t pretend to understand the intricacies of Myanmar or the Philippines. But again and again, #misinformation across Europe has gone unchecked. politico.eu/article/qanon-…, politico.eu/article/us-nat…, politico.eu/article/corona…
I’m not the best at languages, but across French, Spanish, Italian and German, social media companies have routinely failed to offer the same protections as offered to (US) English users. My @crowdtangle is just full of this stuff. All unchecked
And it’s not just @Facebook. @YouTube and @Twitter are equally bad, if not worse. It’s just that FB is the biggest, and therefore the most important. FB also adds the best (but flawed) data access. The other platforms are even more back boxes
What I find ironic is that Europe is by far the most aggressive in its content moderation rules (within democratic countries). And yet because social media companies think they as American, they spend almost all of their time focused on the US
Don’t get me wrong. There’s a lot of BS in the US. But as someone who looks at #misinformation on both sides of the Atlantic, the companies’ responses are just night and day. Just look at how often CEOs have testified to Congress — while US lawmakers continue to do nothing
Reminder: these social media giants aren’t American companies. Sure, they may be listed there. But 80% of their users are overseas. Their obligations don’t stop at the border. If anything, they have greater responsibility in places without strong media & education systems
If they can’t offer protections in, say, Germany. How’s that going to work in countries across the Global South?
Rant over. Thoughts appreciated.
Should add: it’s not like things are going well in the US. politico.com/news/2020/03/0…, politico.com/states/florida…, politico.com/news/2020/10/2…

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Seeing ongoing difficulty in getting ANYTHING passed through Congress & can’t help but think: none of the digital rulemaking linked to #antitrust, #contentmoderation or, already a long shot, #privacy is going to happen before the midterms, if not the 2024 presidential election
This is frustrating in some many ways (and, tbf, I’m a cynic on US rulemaking anyway). I wonder if @FrancesHaugen’s testimony will change the dynamics, but I doubt it. Digital policymaking and the fight against “Big Tech” is just not a priority
If you can barely pass a budget or an infrastructure bill, is there really an appetite for #ArtificialIntelligence rules or platform regulation? I find that hard to believe, especially as mid-term electioneering is already around the corner
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Here's my on our podcast talking about the whole operations. Enjoy politico.eu/podcast/macron…
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In short, it's a question of sovereignty.
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First, the basics. The EU-US Trade and Tech Council was an idea dreamed up by @EU_Commission president Ursula von der Leyen to pigeonhole US thinking about digital policymaking and trade. The goal: to get DC to follow Brussels' lead
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There is a feeling within part of UK govt that GDPR has been a hindrance to growth (it has not); and that business wants more freedom to “innovate” (most do, but not at expense of privacy rights)
But what is missing is context. The UK’s data protection regimes is decades old, is based on existing (EU-based) global norms and, for the most part, has worked.
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