"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)

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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
@jack @Wolf480pl

@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 But how could it be varified that those data dumps haven't been tempered with before reuploading?
@jack @strypey

@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.
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