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Federal regulators’ negotiations with Facebook over how severe a penalty the social media company should face for privacy violations has shaken the political status quo. Democratic and Republican lawmakers, who these days find little to agree on, have teamed up to demand tough consequences for Facebook. Typically reticent Federal Trade commissioners have been hinting at their divisions ...
I’ve read Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes’s op-ed calling to break up Facebook a few times now and fixate on a different point of his very lengthy argument each time. It’s an ambitious attempt to drawn on history and our own ethical senses to argue that the world would be better off with a far weakened version of the company he helped create.
But the biggest strength of the ...
The current storm of political attacks on big tech in Washington D.C. reminds me of a period in the 1990s, when the television industry was facing bipartisan outrage over the amount of sex and violence on TV. Back then, just as is happening now in tech, elements of the entertainment industry tried to shift the blame to other parts: local stations blamed the broadcast networks while the ...
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