US senators say Congress will impose new regulations on Facebook unless it addresses privacy concern

Revelations about Facebook’s response to manipulation of their social network and shifting accounts about breaches of users’ privacy, have hit reputation


Senators Chris Coons and Bob Corker warned Friday that Congress would impose new regulations to rein in Facebook Inc. unless the social-media company addresses concerns about privacy and the spread of misinformation on its platform.

Speaking in a joint interview on the sidelines of a development forum in Wilmington, Delaware, the two senators said that Facebook probably wouldn’t like what Congress does, so it should come up with a solution first.

“If they do not, if they continue to act as if we could not possibly deign to regulate them, they’ll get regulated and they’ll be unpleasantly surprised with how swiftly it may happen,” said Coons, a Delaware Democrat and member Senate Judiciary Committee. “I think they’ve got a lot of explaining to do.”

Revelations about Facebook’s response to manipulation of their social network before and after the 2016 US presidential election, and shifting accounts about breaches of users’ privacy, have battered the company’s reputation and fuelled frustration on Capitol Hill. Coons said the company’s leaders should come back and testify before Congress.


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PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 November, 2018, 9:26am UPDATED : Monday, 19 November, 2018, 9:26am

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