A senior Australian politician called on Friday for global standards and consistent interpretation to determine online ‘misinformation’, saying time was running out to agree on rules of what is permissible.
“We do have to be very clear that the rule of law that applies offline has to apply online,” she added.
But Facebook’s head of global affairs Nick Clegg told the panel it was up to governments to set misinformation rules and criticised the long time it took for legislation to be enacted.
Clegg, a former UK deputy prime minister, said private sector companies should not have to make “agonising” decisions” about “what sort of content can stay up or be taken down”.
S Jaishankar, India’s external affairs minister, said democratic societies had to find the right balance between freedom and responsibility when regulating online information.
“Yes, on freedom and openness, but there has to be basic regulations,” he said. “A sense of equity and a sense of fairness.”
- George Russell