Zuckerberg Back on the Hill

Mark Zuckererg, CEO, Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg was back on the Hill yesterday getting grilled by lawmakers on topics from Libra (Facebook’s proposed cryptocurrency) to political advertising.

If you are following the hearings, I’d like you to read two articles:

Facebook: Platform, Publisher, or Ministry of Truth?

What Libra May Mean for Facebook and Everyone

Do you want an individual, specifically Mark Zuckerberg, deciding what is true and what is false? Answer below.

If not, who would you choose? There are several news organizations that are unabashedly biased. You can choose to believe or ignore what they publish. That is a freedom we enjoy in the United States.

I can think of at least one very popular Twitter account that is actually famous for its alternative facts. Should Twitter filter or delete that account? That same account holder has a Facebook page and posts constantly. Is the messaging on that page in question?

How we, as a society, decide to govern ourselves, our media, and our messaging in the 21st century has yet to be determined. We are struggling with new tools and technology we do not fully understand.

This subject deserves intellectually honest, Socratic debate and subsequent action. Not sensationalist headlines generated by grandstanding politicians.


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Author’s note: This is not a sponsored post. I am the author of this article and it expresses my own opinions. I am not, nor is my company, receiving compensation for it.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.



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