Nobel Winner Maria Ressa Demands Laws to Fix Facebook’s ‘Bias Against Facts’
(Bloomberg) -- Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa called for technology companies to face greater regulation globally to curb disinformation on social media, as she criticized Facebook Inc. for being “biased against facts.”
“This is like an atom bomb exploded in our information ecosystem because we can’t tell facts from fiction,” Ressa said, in a pre-taped interview for Bloomberg Live’s Equality Summit. “How do we put the genie back in the bottle? I think legislation, that’s first.”
Ressa cited the U.K.’s Online Safety Bill as an example of regulation that makes technology companies more accountable, but cautioned that passing such laws can take years.
Facebook has recently faced fresh scrutiny in the U.S. after a whistle-blower alleged the company downplayed its platforms’ risks to the public. American lawmakers are considering laws to strengthen privacy rules for internet companies and protections for children online.
Ressa also called on Facebook to tweak its news feed to highlight credible sources in the Philippines in time for the May 2022 presidential elections. “We will not have integrity of elections without integrity of facts,” she said. “Our democracy is at stake.”
The co-founder and CEO of digital media company Rappler was cited for her reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war that has killed thousands, as well as for documenting the spread of fake news through social media.
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