Following the recent scandals involving Facebook, the lack of protection of user data and the company's "too little, too late" reaction to fake news and cross-platform manipulation, requiring social media behemoth to be regulated, getting higher. Last week, Facebook founder Chris Hughes launched and asked for the company to break into a New York Times opinion piece.
Hughes wrote, "I'm disappointed with myself and the early Facebook team not to think more about how the News Feed algorithm can change our culture, influence elections, and give nationalist leaders."
Hughes wrote, urging the government to "break up Facebook's monopoly and regulate the company to make it more responsible for the American people". Hughes suggests that the Federal Trade Commission should undo the company's acquisition of WhatsApp and Instagram, spin the latter two into separate public corporations, and get Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook leaders to refrain from their interest in both.
In a recent SurveyMonkey survey of US adults conducted on behalf of Business Insider and INSIDER, 40% of respondents said they supported antitrust measures against Facebook ̵
Facebook has strongly advocated antitrust action, even as early as today (see below) – but Business Insider's data indicates that large swings by Americans are already supporting the idea and can strengthen the arguments to the left of center politicians such as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders who have been pushing for anti-monopoly against Facebook and the other tech giants. Below is another great statistical chart compiled by Statista.
It was absolutely surprising to see that liberals / democrats were actually more in favor of anti-trust action against Facebook than conservative. would have been interesting to see a statistic that was particularly focused on breaking up the company, but it was not given.
I don't think most people see Facebook's social side of the service is the problem, but rather their news Website that has too much power determines who is allowed to have a voice on the platform. Between it and continuous hearing about new data violations have tipped the scale against them.
They have probably lost the public's trust and Apple's CEO has played a major role in driving that doubt toward social media and technology companies every time. Earlier this month, Patently sent Apple a report at that point "With Apple as the leader, Google and Microsoft are trying to redefine their Co chief as true lawyers for privacy."
Apple's CEO has gone on a trip and talked about this issue. The jury is still out on those who have recently seen the light.
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