Regulating Facebook merely nips at the edge of a bigger problem

Quickly conceived conventional wisdom is a terrible side effect of the age of high-speed media. Storylines develop rapidly, as news organisations chase the most clickable themes. Subtlety and nuance about complex issues are the casualties.

Take, for example, the rash of recent pieces about how, in the wake of Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg's five-hour tech support call with Congress, Washington is finally going to get serious about curbing the big tech companies known collectively as Faangs: Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google. "Regulation is coming," scream the headlines. "The Faangs are finished."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 24, 2018, with the headline 'Regulating Facebook merely nips at the edge of a bigger problem'. Print Edition | Subscribe