Social media: How might it be regulated? – BBC News

By Chris Fox
Technology reporter

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  • Social media regulation debate

Several countries around the world are considering regulating social media – but what might that look like?

A new report has put forward a tranche of ideas that its authors say could end the "informational chaos that poses a vital threat to democracies".

One of its suggestions is that social networks should be required to release details of their algorithms and core functions to trusted researchers, in order for the technology to be vetted.

It also suggests adding "friction" to online sharing, to prevent the rampant spread of disinformation.

The report was published by the Forum for Information and Democracy, which was established to make non-binding recommendations to 38 countries. They include Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, South Korea and the UK.

Among those contributing to the report were Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie, and former Facebook investor Roger McNamee – a long-time critic of the social network.

Free expression group Article 19 and digital rights groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation were also consulted.