Summary of “Does Facebook Need a Constitution?”

Even Facebook itself seems afraid of that power: “I don’t think that we should be in the business of having people at Facebook who are deciding what is true and what isn’t,” Zuckerberg told Swisher.
It’s the kind of power that until recently we only associated with states, but that increasingly also lies in the hands of other, non-state institutions – suprastate entities like the E.U., but also the global megaplatforms that own the internet: Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook.
Zuckerberg correctly insists that Facebook is a “Company,” not a nation state, but it’s become something that resembles a state when you squint at it – it holds near-supreme power over media and civic attention.
Rather than the liberal, rights-based sorta-state we all seem conditioned to expect – and that Facebook implicitly encourages, with its invocation of free speech and its reliance on legalish mechanisms like “Community standards,” which can be “Violated” – the platform is a dictatorship, with none of the transparency, accountability, or checks on power we associate with liberal states.
For Rahman, the way to ward off the “Arbitrary, dominating power” of “Quasi-sovereigns” like Facebook is through constitutionalism – that is, the design of institutions to ensure accountability, transparency, and clear limits on power structures.
If we believe that the problem with Facebook is that it has sovereign power without accountability, there are at least three paths to “Constitutionalizing” it.
Facebook now has a choice: It can fight to retain its unchecked power and dominion, or it can actualize some of its gestures toward transparency and accountability, becoming the great liberal-democratic platform it pretends to be.
Would a Facebook constitution “Solve” the Infowars problem? A good one that balanced the competing needs of the public sphere, individual freedom, and civic health, and that gave people a voice in and an understanding of the decisions being made by the platform, might at least get us as close as it’s possible to come.

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