Should western governments impose internet regulations upon foreign nations? I don’t think so.
Should we regulate how internet companies can operate abroad? Definitely, I’d say it’s our moral obligation.
It isn’t even unprecedented. Although with limited success, we do care about how other industries are working in other parts of the world, from the clothing industry to food, water, and resources. Probably next year, Switzerland will hold a vote on the referendum about corporate social responsibility, that proposes ground rules.
With GDPR, the EU is also forcing other internet users to comply. Whether this is a useful law or not may be debatable, but it demonstrates our ability to start a change.
I know, it’s hard to care about fake news, lack of data protection, or even violence on the other side of the globe – no matter which nation or company is contributing to it. I don’t have a solution for how to deal with any of it? Should Facebook be nationalized as the other person in the Twitter discussion suggested? No, I don’t think, the USA should be in charge of the world’s biggest communication platform.
But if we think we care about the environmental impact and human rights violation of different industries, we should do the same with internet companies, especially Facebook.