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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appears remotely during a US Senate committee hearing (Image: PA/Nash Greg)

Big tech wants to be rescued from its content problem: hate speech and fake news, driven by bots and trolls gaming the algorithms and polluting the social media eco-system.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg repeated his plea to the US Senate in its hearings last night: save us from ourselves. Tell us what to do. Regulate us!

It makes a change from the usual corporate
fulmination against red tape, but it shows the difference between the social
media giants and the traditional media they’ve supplanted: these modern content
channels don’t care what content they end up channelling.