Should social media platforms get better regulated?
Social media is in the headlines, and mostly not for positive reasons. Groups and individuals communicate their messages of hate and ignorance. Anonymous trolls bully users. People are kept inside their "information bubbles". Data leaks occur. Bots multiply political messages.
As consequence the number of active users decline, especially Generation Z is not much on Facebook, but prefers closed groups similar to WhatsApp.
What can the big companies, but also governments learn out of this? What actions have to be taken? Should social media platforms regulated, have we to enhance our education?
No. Regulation kills the soul of creativity. And history tells us that regulation never works. Who'll regulate social media - government or agencies or companies? In every case, you are not going to get what it is meant for.
So, in my opinion - No regulation.
Meanwhile, I agree that one of the biggest problem of social media is Fake News. I think smart technologies such as AI/ML should be used ( or invest towards to make it more mature) to detect such hoax.
I always say Social Media has done more harm than do any good for the Society. Take any Social Media Platform, any chat mechanism or any App like Dating apps. People have become so racist and illogical that it has affected the human mind, people have committed suicide because of this new virtual bullying mechanism. Earlier when we were not having these platforms, it used to happen in Schools and Colleges.
I am sure you must have seen Netflix series "13 reasons why", what are they trying to tell people, stop social media abuse and destruction. I will say live and let me live, however people knowing that my data is going public, my opinion are getting bias answers, they still push themselves to this abuse. One thing we have come to is, making ourselves feel good at these virtual platforms, we try to be someone else, we portray different image of our personality as to what we are, and people who portray honest opinion. honest themselves are bullied and taken off.
Yes, regulations will do nothing, as Hitesh Mathpal metioned some penalties etc. nothing more than that for these companies. But the real question comes how people are going to find the solution. What they want, where they feel comfortable. FB, recently said that, yes we have not good image in public because of Security concerns. So, when Company is accepting their fault should people continue using it or saying no more.
Finally, it is upto indivdiual choice, ownership lies with public, they need to decide where to draw a line.
I understand the concerns about regulate social media, however as long as users can't limit themselves and keep uploading everything with no control, yes social should be regulated.
The idea behind social is great, unfortunately, scams, counterfeit, money laundering, terrorism, drugs and bullying are infesting this channel now.
Social Media platforms should have labeling similar to what has been done in other industries (aka the food industry) to make it easy for users to know what is happening with their data. A user should get a weekly report that explains how their data has been used with a link to the associated privacy settings.
Clear labeling is not going to squash creativity and it will protect the consumer.
There are different ways of regulating things. The big problem with social media, primarily facebook, is that there is no transparency. For the most part the web has more transparency to anything it touches -- price discovery, product information, politics and so on. But with social media there is this dark under belly that outsiders don't get to see. Fake profiles, fake news, data collection, algorithms controlling "random" connections are all very dangerous things. Maybe government regulation is not the answer yet. The industry could and should put together some kind of standards for ethical practice and self govern themselves. If I am buying airline tickets and I find a great price I know whether it is real or not as soon as I try to buy it. It is a closed loop system. But on a social media platform fake news, political arguments with alias identities has no "purchase" option to close the loop. It just becomes an unending series of unreal experiences orchestrated by big data manipulation. I think we are all better off if we can see behind the curtain and close the loop.
I must confess that this problem, in other forms, has existed since we were in elementary school: bullies, name-calling, etc. Intervention of adults in authority did not end such behavior, but rather forced it to move off campus where it still took its emotional and physical toll. The only way to change this is to change the human - a rather nasty trait that about 2 million years of evolution has failed to correct.
Regulation of this most public social media will likely do little to truly change things because the humans that use it have little to challenge them: anonymous attacks are the easiest. The social media fosters immediate and free self-expression to which the "Mr. Hyde" seems to emerge in some, while "Dr. Jekyll" remains in competent control in others (the majority of other, fortunately). The current generation of users also have some extraordinarily awful examples of courtesy, mutual respect and self-restraint blazing trails for them. No names mentioned here, but....
Getting into such modalities and expressing oneself gets into a lot of very tricky legal switchbacks: since when did insulting another person become a crime? Well, in the US, verbal assault is still assault, and thus a chargeable offense. Threatening to "go pound someone" was heard on school playgrounds for decades, and sometimes happened. Now that adults do the same things through social media - the same adults who never developed adequate coping skills - it has become a crime. Again. One sometimes that uses assault rifles instead of bare knuckles.
For those who seek an outlet for such vehemence and anger, social media is a natural conduit. Regulation, which will either be foisted onto the commercial companies to enforce (already a failed strategy), or placed into the hands of DHS (not really their thing) or the FCC (which is proving ineffectual and misguided at most everything it attempts these days) will only force them to find another outlet - simply relocating the problem, not solving or stopping it.
While I abhor utterly the negative manner in which some use these vehicles, and with equal disgust discount the empty promises and efforts of FaceBook and its co-travelers, I cannot accept that regulation will do much more than place responsibilities and penalties (with abundant escape clauses) on the shoulders of those least suited to enforce: the social media companies themselves. Banning them is equally no answer, and is actually far worse in economic and employment impact. To say nothing of impingement of certain "inalienable rights".
In short: no good solution. Only ineffective to very bad ones, IMHO.
Absolutely not, this isn't China - they may own half, and we may owe them the other half in debt... but we still aren't theirs.
Regulation is the ban of existence, freedom, and growth as a species;
Who gets to set the rules? Whoever is in power this week.
Would the Democrats LOVE to censor everyone that doesn't agree with their world view? Sure they would
Would the Republicans LOVE to censor everyone that doesn't agree with their world view? Sure they would
Would the Liberals LOVE to censor everyone that doesn't agree with their world view? Sure they would
Would the Southern Bell Daughters Association LOVE to censor everyone that doesn't agree with their world view? Sure they would
Where does it end? Do we have no choice but to relive the already learned but apparently forgotten lessons that created this nation?
Getting bullied on line - BULLY BACK --> it is NO different from getting bullied on the school yard.
They tried to bully me, I hit them with anything I could get my hands on. They sought weaker pray
Should the school have done more - yes. Did they? no
Trolls on the system? Really - you don't know how to use the BLOCK function? Use your own judgement to say that it's a troll and to ignore.
the problem isn't Social Media.
The problem is that we sent our kids off to be raised by others, then throttled others when they sought to make your BRAT mind. Others decided SCREW IT, they can run around the backyard and do WHATEVER.
We sought the bigger house, the bigger car, the jet skies, the CRAP WE DON'T NEED - and left the kids to raise themselves.
We gave them 10 minutes of rush to work in the morning to drop them off in their day jail, and ten minutes at night because we have to log BACK IN to finish that presentation for the "important" meeting in the morning.
I watched my friends as they did this throughout the last 20 years, as they told me I was foolish as my wife stayed home to raise the kids.