Facebook wasn’t the first social network – remember MySpace and Friendster? And it’s not exactly the last one standing. Twitter’s still a thing. But Facebook is the biggest, most influential social network in the US, at least… and according to new lawsuits filed by the FTC and 48 attorneys general, Facebook abused its market dominance and deep pockets to stay on top by illegally buying up rivals that could have posed a threat.

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  1. The 48 states want their cut of the profit from the monetization of their resident’s data. The lawsuit is their way of collecting “taxes” from Facebook.
    No one is talking about European style laws to protect people’s privacy… America is all about the dollar.

  2. I would much prefer that all social media be wiped off the face of the earth and people, in their desperation, resort to actually talking to those around them again.
    Although I’d take forcing facebook to federate with Diaspora and moving accounts to Diaspora nodes. Just spinning of instagram and whatsapp won’t change much.

    1. Funny that you make that statement in another social media platform (ie. this comment system).

      1. I’m convinced that the internet as a whole was a mistake.
        We’re just trapped in it because everyone else is trapped in it and no one person is powerful enough to change that.
        It merely felt like it offered freedom to those who could use it when it was new and hard to use, but now that corporate interests have overtaken the whole thing, that illusion only exists when you agree with those corporate interests on enough things.

        1. Posting this on the internet is like driving around with a bumper sticker that says “cars are bad”.

          I have my own personal distaste for many aspects of the internet, mostly centred around privacy and the use of machine learning in content delivery.

          I don’t think the internet as a whole is a bad thing, but I think we’re headed towards some major transformations in society which will largely be caused by algorithms that feed us social media content based on the likelihood that we will react to it. I think we can already observe this in the increasing polar division between different social views in society today. It doesn’t help that social media algorithms are camping likeminded people together on their “content walls” by feeding content that is more likely to agree with you.