The behavior of the largest social network is often the focus of politicians and lawmakers. However, neither in the European Parliament nor in the US Senate serious accusations were leveled by representatives of the British Parliament.
It does not just become a criticism of Facebook's practice. It seems that for the first time, the finger is pointed to Mark Zuckerberg and the management of the social network. Additionally, for the first time, no rhetorical questions are raised, but serious legal restrictions on the social network are suggested. Additional lawmakers saw that British election law was not adapted to today's technologies.
"Mark Zuckerberg has consistently failed to show leadership and personal responsibility that is expected from someone who runs one of the world's largest companies"
Part of the anger of the British parliamentarians is of course also due to the refusal of Mr. Zuckerberg personally appeared in front of them. For a few months, a representative of the social network has appeared before them, but this does not happen.
"Democracy is in danger of maliciously and constantly targeting citizens with misinformation, personalized false advertisements from sources that can not be identified.
Big technology companies fail in the duty they have before their users to act against harmful content, and to comply with data protection laws, "British MPs say.
The report requires urgent regulation of the work of the largest social network. One of the solutions is the establishment of an independent body in Britain that will decide on harmful and illegal content. Certainly, the focus of these agencies will be the spread of false news and the use of user data for the targeted spread of false news.
The social network seems to have had no choice but to agree with the observation of parliamentarians.
"We share the committee's concerns about the false news and the integrity of the election. We are glad that we can report that we have significantly contributed to their investigation in the last 18 months. We answered over 700 questions, and seven of our most experienced executives presented evidence, "said the head of Facebook for public relations in charge of Britain. "We are open for significant regulation and we support the recommendation of the committee for the reform of the election law."
This seems to be just the beginning of Facebook's Facebook problems in the UK. In the report, parliamentarians will also consider the use of data by users from the British Agency for the Protection of Personal Data.