"It is time to break up Facebook"
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nytimes.com/2019/05/09/opinion

Finally, the are waking up to the fact that the problem with FarceBook is it's monopoly power, not it's lack of publishing ethics.

"Because Facebook so dominates social networking, it faces no market-based accountability. This means that every time Facebook messes up, we repeat an exhausting pattern: first outrage, then disappointment and, finally, resignation."
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But I'm not sure Hughes fully understands the problem either. Using anti-trust action to break FB into 5 smaller companies, is like breaking a cancerous tumour into 5 smaller ones. Before long, one would become dominant and either re-merge with the others, as FB has with acquisitions like SnapChat, WhatsApp, Oculus Rift. Or drive them out of business, the same way it did with Orkut, Friendster, Bebo, MySpace, G+, and dozens of others. (1/2)

For "market-based accountability" to work, a minimum condition is that users have to be able to vote with their feet, and take their data and "social graph" (social network of "friends" and "followers") to another platform. It works best, as with email providers and cell phone carriers, if users can move to (or try out) another platform, while still being able to communicate and share with their friends on the old platform. Even the only does the second one, not the first. (2/2)

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Correction, FB acquired *Instagram*. SnapChat is not part of the FB empire (yet ;)

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@jack @strypey
did it not get all pwned^W acquired by AT&T?

@Wolf480pl @strypey nov this was way before. It was split into regions. Southern Bell still did the phone here until AT&T. My point was the break up didn’t help much if anything.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not against splitting up FB, far from it. I agree with Hughes that the Instagram and WhatsApp acquisitions never ought to have been approved and reversing them is low-hanging fruit that needs to be plucked before they get digested. All I'm saying is regulating for and is more important to protecting both consumer rights and fair competition. Splitting up FB won't fix the similar problems with Goggle, the Amazone etc
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@strypey @jack
someone should make tools for digesting the GDPR data dumps from big providers and converting and reuploading that data to different providers.

@Wolf480pl @strypey that’d be brilliant, Wolf. The Internet Archive project has done sone services. Like Google’s Blogger and tumblr.
@Wolf480pl But how could it be varified that those data dumps haven't been tempered with before reuploading?
@jack @strypey
@succfemboi @Wolf480pl @strypey I think that’s at least one issue people are struggling with. But they’ll have to learn to let go. The past is gone. I don’t expect anything I published online to stay there forever. It’s pretty ridiculous. I don’t need every conversation that was just “hi how are you?” Backed up. Lol
@jack @succfemboi @Wolf480pl @strypey it will be there forever, its funny you dont expect it, but internet has shown, it will be, especially now, forever be archived
@a7 @Wolf480pl @strypey @succfemboi oh yeah. But that’s exactly why I sorta feel like why bother. My blogs sad stuff are backed up. The internet will take care of anything worthwhile from the rest lol
@jack
Ya I get that, I miss some data, like the 50 bitcoins I had around 2009, that really is lost forever, internet doesnt back up local data and family threw that away.
@Wolf480pl @strypey @succfemboi
@a7 @Wolf480pl @strypey @succfemboi I had a handful around them too. Had my computer running the folding computations or whatever. Lol
@jack
Ya I mean then you could get like 1 a day from faucets with little effort, but we were just looking at it as cryptographic fun with no feature, I probably would of spent them on shitty stuff when bitcoin was at 50 a piece
@Wolf480pl @strypey @succfemboi
@a7 @Wolf480pl @strypey @succfemboi same here. It was just cool knowing the computer was fading such a new and unique thing.
@jack @Wolf480pl @strypey @succfemboi indeed those were those early days when you could run a tor exit node with out being banned from everything on your local network, it was just a different time
@jack @Wolf480pl @strypey @succfemboi indeed, honestly what i miss more than anything is just old memes and shit and like random shit i saved, the bitcoin means little, its just like the gigabytes of random content i lost
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@succfemboi @strypey @jack But who would want to verify it and why? If I have my posts from birdsite in a nice json or csv file, and want to repost them all on fedi, where I already can post anything I like, why shouldn't I be able to do it?

@Wolf480pl @strypey @succfemboi you should. And I don’t know if anything stopping you. I’ve been backing up my bird noises since 2007.
@succfemboi @strypey I never put anything worth keeping on G+ but yeah. There are other tools for other sites.
@strypey @Wolf480pl exactly. There are three companies minimum that need splitting. But they need alternatives too. Google Drive is unmatched. There’s nothing quite like FB. I don’t use FB though. Amazon I don’t know about. Since they sell you most of what you pay to store, I’m not sure how to see a breakup there.

I may just be thinking wrong however.
@a7 @strypey @Wolf480pl I agree on the splitting acquisitions. I don’t think FB can or should be saved.

I’m just not sure exactly what should be done with the others.
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