During an interview with Vox.com, the 33-year-old CEO is more interested in a governing body to oversee content rather than addressing his company’s inability to prevent user data theft.
When asked by host Ezra Klein about the company not having a “quadrennial election for CEO of Facebook,” Zuckerberg oddly acknowledged a lack of accountability at the company.
“What I’d really like to get to is an independent appeal. So maybe folks at Facebook make the first decision based on the community standards that are outlined, and then people can get a second opinion,” Zuckerberg said.
He added: “You can imagine some sort of structure, almost like a Supreme Court, that is made up of independent folks who don’t work for Facebook, who ultimately make the final judgment call on what should be acceptable speech in a community that reflects the social norms and values of people all around the world.”
Facebook is currently engulfed in a myriad of scandals, many of which center around the company failing to protect user data.
With Facebook’s stock prices plummeting and their markets values dropping more than 100 billion, Zuckerberg has been looking for ways to stop the bleeding.
After agreeing to testify before Congress, Zuckerberg realizes it’s going to take serious actions from the website to regain trust from users.
But more importantly, there are many issues with the idea of a “Supreme Court” to monitor and rule on content posted to the platform.
Facebook has a well-documented history of targeting and singling out conservative users and publishers.
With more than two billion users on the website, the governing body would need to have unfettered access to everyone’s data to monitor their activity online.
In doing so, Facebook would be essentially doubling down on what got them in trouble in the first place: abusing its authority to spy on users activity.
Facebook creating its own governing body makes as much sense as allowing a fox to guard the henhouse.
Zuckerberg knows his company is in big trouble and actions must be taken to make amends with the billions of users that were made exploited.
A group of Facebook-allied individuals sitting a governing body would only further perpetuate the bias against conservative publishers and users.