Face of the day

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards Photo: Stuff

Today’s face of the day sounds and acts like a crusading (are we allowed to say that anymore?) Social Justice bully rather than a civil servant acting with decorum.

“Facebook cannot be trusted. They are morally bankrupt pathological liars who enable genocide (Myanmar), facilitate foreign undermining of democratic institutions,” […]

“Allow the live streaming of suicides, rapes, and murders, continue to host and publish the mosque attack video, allow advertisers to target “Jew haters” and other hateful market segments, and refuse to accept any responsibility for any content or harm. They #DontGiveAZuck.”

[…] “It’s a problem that governments need to come together and force the platforms to find a solution for. […] say, ‘unless you can demonstrate the safety of these services, you simply can’t use them’.”

It was no longer tenable for Facebook to say it was not responsible for what was run on its services. “They have been responsible for appalling content that set the pre-conditions for genocide in Myanmar, they have enabled their service to be manipulated by Russian trolls to influence the outcome of elections,” Edwards said.

“This is a problem all around the world that governments are finally waking up to and saying’ ‘we’ve got to act’, and to force these companies to behave in a responsible manner,”