Mark Zuckerberg Proposes Facebook 'Supreme Court' to Rule on 'Hate Speech'


Facebook is, obviously, social media - providing a platform for users to connect with friends and share their lives (and their data).

"I think it's important that we don't all get Stockholm Syndrome and let the companies that work hard to charge you more convince you that they actually care more about you", Zuckerberg said in a Vox podcast. "Because that sounds ridiculous to me". The Facebook CEO says the idea that, "If you're not paying that somehow we can't care about you", is "not at all aligned with the truth".

In addition, Zuckerberg has been invited to testify before Congress about data privacy next week and has reportedly made a decision to go to Washington to do so.

Could an independent "Supreme Court" help weed out abusive and inappropriate content on Facebook? "However, I think we're beyond that here". "And I think when you have the absence of that, that can lead to real social issues-individually and then for society overall". In Zuckerberg's vision, the ability to independently appeal should be available like "any good-functioning democratic system".

As Common Dreams reported last week, revelations that the pro-Trump data firm Cambridge Analytica harvested the personal information of 50 million Facebook users brought renewed attention to the social media giant's far-reaching and "creepy" data mining practices-which include the collection of call records, text messaging data, and online messenger conversations dating back longer than a decade. The CEO, who released an apology five days after news initially broke, has agreed to testify before Congress regarding the scandal after multiple invitations.

He was also criticised for failing to apologise in an initial statement on the shocking data breach, and gave a follow-up CNN interview in which he told the public: "This was a major breach of trust, and I'm really sorry that this happened".

This isn't the first time Facebook and Apple - two of the biggest tech companies Silicon Valley - have squared off.

Encrypted file-sharing startup Tresorit, which is based in both Budapest and Switzerland, says the network would use end-to-end encryption so not even the owners would be able to see the data.

Zuckerberg admitted today that as the digital world has grown to an unprecedented scale and level of influence, there were constant new challenges. In 2004, he noted, when he was starting Facebook, the thing to do was build a website for social networking.

But interviewer Ezra Klein told him: "The problem wasn't the lack of transparency, it was how to know we could trust what was coming out".

Zuckerberg argued that Facebook is focused on serving its users. We recognise that connecting people isn't enough by itself. That was in November 2016, soon after the election.

Grygiel said these kinds of issues require "thoughtful discussion" and should take place within a context of protecting users.

And Facebook has been responding-admittedly, often slowly and not entirely to the community's satisfaction-by making changes to its policies and changing the way it handles privacy.