United Nations: The head of the United Nations has called for global rules to control powerful social media companies such as Twitter and Facebook.
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he believes it should not be a decision-making company, for example, President Donald Trump’s Twitter account should be shut down after that, as one questioner asked.
Rather, he said, a mechanism should be devised that has a formal framework with rules and regulations that allows it to comply with the law.
“I don’t think we can live in a world where a small number of companies are given too much power,” Guterres told a news conference.
Earlier this month, Twitter ended Trump’s nearly 12-year run and shut down his account, triggering an instant contact for his 89 million followers, a feature of his presidency. Facebook and Instagram suspended Trump.
Twitter said Trump’s tweets could provoke violence from his supporters in the wake of the January 6 uprising in the US capital. Conservatives have accused companies of censorship and violated the First Amendment right to freedom of expression.
Guterres said he was particularly concerned about the power of social media companies.
He pointed out that the information that is being collected about each of us, we lack the control we have, the fact that the data is not only for commercial purposes to sell to advertising companies. Can be used for… But it is also important to change our behavior, and to use its dangers from a political point of view in order to control the citizens in the countries.
Guterres said this requires serious dialogue and is one of the goals of his Roadmap for Digital Cooperation, which was launched last June.
The roadmap aims to promote a safer, more equitable digital world.
It calls for action in eight areas, including achieving global connectivity to the Internet by 2030, promoting trust and security in the digital environment, and building an effective architecture for digital collaboration. Digital technology issues are often on the political agenda. Very few live.
The provisions of the Roadmap call for strengthening the Internet Governance Forum, which brings together people from different groups in the public and private sectors to discuss public policy issues related to the Internet, so that it exceeds the current digital issues. To be effective and relevant.