Google, Twitter, Facebook and Amazon are lobbying the EU to maintain the status quo: for illegal content: self-regulation and limited liability. Holding them fully responsible for illegal content will only deter them from seeking out content detrimental to their users, they say.
If self-regulation continues to be anything like Facebook's latest move to ban deepfakes but allowing other forms of misinformation (ie. still not fact-checking political ads), I say we crack the whip. It's easier said than done, as regulators are discovering, but that's another story.
This is about scalable coordination. Big tech platforms have demonstrated their ability to coordinate at a massive scale. They benefit financially from this core capability, but they also suffer from the trust and credibility fallout when their platforms are used for mass coordination of misinformation and fake news.
What these tech firms are saying now is they want the money, not the responsibility. But they can't have it both ways. They can have full scalable coordination and police the outcomes, or they can pull a Jack Dorsey and shut down the difficult-to-manage elements—like political ads—to narrow their markets. A straightforward business decision.
The ability to coordinate at a massive scale brings power, and with great spiderpower comes great spiderresponsibility.
Imagine we could convert that scalable coordination for good instead. Coordinating globally for climate change, for human rights, for better airplane food.
Soft launch coming, end of January.
Yours in HAT,