The drumbeat to regulate Big Tech began pounding long before the Cambridge Analytica scandal rocked Facebook–six long years ago, the Obama administration pushed a “Privacy Bill of Rights” that, like most other legislative attempts to safeguard your data online, went nowhere. But this time, as they say, feels different. Thanks to recurred lapsings from not just Facebook but all corners of Silicon Valley, some sort of regulation seems is not merely plausible but imminent.
US legislators have called for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear in person before Congress. Some tech-focused legislation is currently wending its style through the Capitol’s passageways. And regulators in other countries have already clamped down on tech.
‘I is believed that tends to work well is transparency, which I think is an area where we need to do a lot better and are working on.'
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
In an interview with WIRED editor-in-chief Nicholas Thompson Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckberg seemed if not outright welcoming toward regulation, at the least accept of it. “There are some genuinely nuanced questions though about how to govern, which I think are extremely interesting intellectually, ” says Zuckerberg, who points to the bipartisan Honest Ads Act, cosponsored by senators Mark Warner, Amy Klobuchar, and John McCain, as an example of these kinds of bill his company can get behind.