Your Turn to Regulate

Today, you are a regulator. Your job is to regulate social media. What is the first thing you would regulate? Your focus areas might be social media addiction, privacy, data governance, hate speech, misinformation — it’s your choice. You decide what you want to regulate first as well as the strategy for the regulation will follow. As with all things, the devil is in the details, but let’s not worry about the technology — just the philosophy and the strategy.

For example, let’s reduce troll bots. That would require everyone on a platform to be able to prove that they were human. The strategy would be to require proof of life (credit cards, utility bills, birth certificates, video chat with a live person who could verify that you and your credentials match, etc.). While the tactics required to execute this strategy would be difficult and expensive, that’s not your concern.

For this exercise, just tell me which of the “seven deadly sins of social” you wish to regulate. Please post your thoughts and comments to PGX, our private social network.

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



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