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Facebook need to acknowledge ‘Self-Regulation is Over’ – Stanley

1 August, 2018 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Communications Brian Stanley TD has said that allowing violence, offensive images, and the exploitation vulnerable people must not be left to a corporate entity like Facebook to decide, and legislative protection for people needs to be put in place, which a Sinn Féin Bill proposes.

Brian Stanley TD said:

“Before the Committee today were Facebook officials answering questions in the aftermath of the alarming ‘Dispatches’ programme. The processes exposed in Channel 4’s programme, in how Facebook deal with offensive and violent images, demonstrate clearly that we cannot and must not leave of giant corporate body unregulated as people suffer exploitation.

“Facebook said today what ‘should’ have been done, that ‘guidance given was incorrect’ and posts were left up in ‘error’. I questioned the officials on this at the Committee. These statements acknowledge human error, but not system errors and lack of regulation and it highlights the clear need for legislation to be put in place.

“As Oireachtas members, there is an obligation on us to put in place legislation. This is exactly what Sinn Féin have done putting forward the Digital Safety Commissioner Bill, which the Government did not oppose. This Bill now needs to progress through the Dáil and create a safe environment on-line.” 

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