Facebook: We Love Free Expression and ‘American Values’
Global Affairs VP Nick Clegg writes Op-ed for CNBC
Facebook Vice President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg has claimed the company loves American values such as “free expression.”
In a recent op-ed published by CNBC, Clegg said Facebook shouldn’t be hampered by regulation so it can fully express its values worldwide.
Clegg, the former UK deputy prime minister, said Facebook focuses on promoting American values such as “free expression,” which is almost the opposite of what the company has been doing considering the allegations of censorship over the last few years.
“The US risks becoming a nation that exports incredible technologies but fails to export its values."
Clegg addresses issues regarding regulation the platform is facing from lawmakers:
"This is a pivotal moment. As policymakers begin drafting laws, it’s increasingly clear there are contrasting visions of what the internet should be."
"The open, accessible, and global internet we use today has been shaped by American companies and American values like free expression, transparency, accountability, and the encouragement of innovation and entrepreneurship."
"But these values can’t be taken for granted."
Strangely, Clegg condemned the Chinese government’s approach to social media and the internet:
“The Chinese internet model — segregated from the wider internet and subject to extensive surveillance.”
Though those who support free speech would agree with Clegg's comments, they are nowhere near how Facebook regularly acts in terms of censorship.
Even the former CEO of Facebook earlier this year called on users worldwide to "delete the app" in protest of the social media giant's Communist China-like censorship efforts.
Stephen Scheeler, former Facebook Australia and New Zealand chief executive officer, slammed CEO Mark Zuckerberg's "sad" decision to block news in Australia in February.
"I'm a proud ex-Facebooker, but over the years I get more and more exasperated," Scheeler said.
"For Facebook and Mark, it's too much about the money and the power, and not about the good.
"Imagine if a Chinese company, for example, had done this, we would be up in arms."
In June last year, Facebook content moderators were caught in an undercover video sting operation, admitting to anti-conservative bias and targeting supporters of President Donald Trump.
Investigative activist group Project Veritas published a video showing moderators appearing to boast about deleting content from Trump supporters or users "wearing a MAGA hat."
"If someone is wearing a MAGA hat, I am going to delete them for terrorism," one of them brags on video.
More recently, Facebook announced it was lifting its ban on posts about COVID-19 potentially being manmade and will limit censorship of theories about the coronavirus possibly originating from a Chinese Communist Party laboratory.
The move comes as support continues to mount for investigations into the theory that the virus leaked from a Wuhan lab.