Groups launch “How to Stop Facebook” effort

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Coalition of Nonprofits Launches Wednesday HowToStopFacebook.org, a new push to encourage greater government regulation of the social networking giant aimed at forcing the company to change its business model.

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why it matters: The campaign hopes that the displeasure expressed by legislators at the revelations by whistleblower Frances Haugen will be translated into action.

The campaign is emphasizing two goals:

  • a congressional investigation with the power to summons into the damages caused by Facebook; And
  • A strong federal data privacy law that makes it illegal for companies like Facebook and YouTube to collect large amounts of data used to personalize recommendations.
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more than 30 groups Included are Accountable Tech, Article 19, Center for Digital Democracy, Fairplay, Global Voice, Media Justice, National Hispanic Media Coalition, Present, Public Knowledge, United We Dream, Ranking Digital Rights, SumOfUs, Win Without War and Sex Workers Project Urban Justice. of the centre.

between the lines: Groups aren’t being subtle about their goals. The campaign page calls for legislation “strong enough to dismantle Facebook’s current business model.”

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What are they saying:

  • Fight for Future director Evan Greer: “The problem with companies like Facebook and YouTube isn’t that they host user-generated content, it’s that they use surveillance-driven algorithms and choose which content goes viral and which content is non-existent. So that keeps us all going. Clicking and scrolling across platforms to maximize ad revenue.”
  • Media Justice Campaign Strategy Director Maisha Hess: “Facebook’s surveillance capitalist business model is fundamentally incompatible with basic human rights, and harms black and brown communities by silencing our voices while artificially amplifying racist and harmful content.”
  • Public knowledge policy advocate Sarah Collins: “The pitfalls described by Ms. Haugen are driven by uncontrolled data collection and data use. A federal privacy law that addresses collection and use, rather than relying on outdated notions of notice and the like, seeks to rectify the power imbalance among Internet users. Will start and tech companies.”

go in: Following Monday’s story on how Facebook can be harder to rein in than Big Tobacco, Ina spoke to Niala Boodhoo about the similarities and differences between regulating cigarettes and social media for the Nerdshala Re:Cap podcast. talked to.

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