"It is time to break up Facebook"

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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"The most problematic aspect of Facebook’s power is Mark’s unilateral control over speech. There is no precedent for his ability to monitor, organize and even censor the conversations of two billion people."

Exactly. Which is why the 'it's only censorship when the goverment does it' line doesn't hold water. FB is now the world's biggest unelected government.

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@strypey The biggest? Like, bigger than IMF? That's a bit far.

@null intriguing comparison. During the heydey of financial colonization ("structual adjustment"), the IMF effectively governed a lot of people. But I doubt it was ever 2 billion and I'd be very surprised if it is now. Go ahead, surprise me! I'd love to know more about their current operations


I'd rather not get bogged down in specifics, and honestly I'm not the person to whitecard on the topic anyway. But you're talking about FB censoring posts and comparing it to the literal financial strings that supersede nation states. Let me know when Facebook NGOs overthrow an oil rich country.

@null how do you think the got away with financial colonization? Part of it was a compliant news media whose corporate owners were making too much money out of it to allow proper reporting. A big part of how we pushed back was using the free and open internet to break the corporate media blockade, expose the grim realities of "structural adjustment" and organize against the IMF. FB replacing both the news media and the free net is incredibly dangerous.

@strypey here i am more a pessimist maybe. we replaced gatekeepers with incoherence and hysteria. nothing good was built up. name a good news source, even one.

@null .co.nz. . The . . . That was just off the top of my head. Need I go on? The "incoherence and hysteria" is a product of FB and the other , their proprietary algorithms, their tweaking for attention and ad revenue etc. Not the net as a technology, which as well as the corporate platforms, also gives me access to huge numbers of literature, lectures from academics, like etc

@strypey I really appreciate the reply, I had forgotten about this thread. That's a very underwhelming list, personally. TYT is just a metropolitan opinion column. Wikileaks good or bad is certainly isn't an impartial source of information, rather they work very hard to curate the perspective they inspire. ActOut is one I'm unfamiliar with, and perhaps it's the golden goose I've been seeking, but... again, I'm a pessimist.

The hysteria predated the internet, so I am rather certain it's not a product of the communication medium. The value of peer-review is in a rather existential crisis at the moment as well. The effects of rape culture in dog parks and all that. My thought is that so long as the media connects people, it will only be worth as much.

@null . . (livestream available and many shows now available as podcasts) (Australian), , and other public broadcasters now available to a global audience. But I'm pretty sceptical of the whole concept of "the news". As wrote about its origins and biases in 'Amusing Ourselves to Death', it's form derived from the telegraph, and however impartial it aims to be, it tends to distort the relative importance of information based on how "new" it is.

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