Social Media Commission: Regulatory Model for Social Media Platforms
5 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2021
Date Written: December 14, 2020
The issues of hate speech, disinformation, misinformation, polarisation within the realm of social media as become greater concern for nations in recent days. This has mulled the governments and agencies to think in the lines of regulating these entities. As a response to it, to combat governmental regulation, social media platforms had spin-off self-regulation model. Though this would look like a great move, a closer introspection of this model raises various issues and concerns. The issue which came to my mind immediately is the geographical and cultural difference (corner cases) within which the social media platforms operate, where the geographic boundaries of social media platforms are porous.
Further, the self-regulatory bodies are formed voluntarily by a group of business entities in different locations at different time, this lack of uniformity in the formation of the self-regulatory body would create an imbalance in the regulatory perimeter. For instance, if the Social Media Council (a self-regulatory body) is formed in the USA, its implications would only apply to the entities which operate within the American territory. But, most of these platforms operate at the global level while they are registered or listed companies of the US.
To reduce this imbalance and to make this process little more systematic there is a need to establish a Social media Commission (SMC) (similar to the 3GPP global body which develops protocols for mobile telephony). Further, we should also think in lines of scaling (at different countries) and segmenting the responsibilities of the SMC through establishing a global SMC which would branch out to central (country level) and remote level (county level) SMCs.
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