"Shut down social media platforms" says former Facebook advisor

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A former Facebook adviser is urging governments around the world to shut down social media platforms until they can be reformed.

"If your goals are to protect democracy and personal liberty, you have to be bold. You have to force a radical transformation of the business model of internet platforms," venture capitalist Roger McNamee told the House of Commons privacy and ethics committee Tuesday morning.

"At the end of the day, though, the most effective path to reform would be to shut down the platforms at least temporarily. …. Any country can go first. The platforms have left you no choice. The time has come to call their bluff."

This week, Canadian MPs on the committee are being joined by politicians from a handful of countries around the world — including the U.K., Ireland and Germany — in trying to figure out what should and can be done to protect citizens' privacy online and curb the spread of disinformation.

"Data is not the new oil. It's the new plutonium: amazingly powerful, dangerous when it spreads, difficult to clean up and with serious consequences when improperly used."

McNamee's comments came as an international committee of MPs in Ottawa renewed their summons for Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg and company COO Sheryl Sandberg to appear and give evidence before them. Both ignored the first summons, choosing to send company representatives in their place. "As soon as they step foot, either Mr. Zuckerberg or Ms. Sandberg, into our country, they will be served and expected to appear before our committee," said Zimmer. If they refuse, they will be held in contempt of Parliament, he said.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/facebook-grand-committee-tuesday-1.5152436
 
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The Man

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Not sure that's possible.

Especially since social networks aren't just a Western thing anymore, other countries have, in fact, invented their own.

China has SinaWeibo, for example


And Russia (and other Russian-speaking ex-Soviet countries) - VKontakte/VK


Etc.

It's all too damn big to just shut down, at this point.
 
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Not sure that's possible.

Especially since social networks aren't just a Western thing anymore, other countries have, in fact, invented their own.

China has SinaWeibo, for example


And Russia (and other Russian-speaking ex-Soviet countries) - VKontakte/VK


Etc.

It's all too damn big to just shut down, at this point.
Thats just it, each country is acting like they control the internet, when they dont. Now of course any country can shut down the entire internet but thats a really bad thing to do. Blocking sites as well. Thats stuff NKorea does. I fear there is nothing we can do with this stuff as its gone worldwide. The only answer is for people to wise up and not believe everything they see.
 
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Not sure that's possible.

Especially since social networks aren't just a Western thing anymore, other countries have, in fact, invented their own.

China has SinaWeibo, for example


And Russia (and other Russian-speaking ex-Soviet countries) - VKontakte/VK


Etc.

It's all too damn big to just shut down, at this point.
I disagree... you just have Facebook shut down their servers. If they dont like the idea send in the guys with guns to encourage them.
 
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I disagree... you just have Facebook shut down their servers. If they dont like the idea send in the guys with guns to encourage them.
Ok. I am sure Putin would be fine with that. That would leave Russia's domestic online market only to their own VK or also Odnoklassiki ("Classmates", whose purpose, originally, as name suggests, was to help folks find those they knew in high school or university; though it's scope is much broader now)


Both of those companies censor their political content according to Kremlin's wishes, and share user information with the FSB and other agencies upon request.

And, of course, they too would love to see FB go away as a major foreign competitor on their soil ;)
 

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Thats just it, each country is acting like they control the internet, when they dont. Now of course any country can shut down the entire internet but thats a really bad thing to do. Blocking sites as well. Thats stuff NKorea does. I fear there is nothing we can do with this stuff as its gone worldwide. The only answer is for people to wise up and not believe everything they see.
Russian authorities actually want to separate their entire own national internet segment from the global network: Putin signs law to create "independent Russian internet"

They've already practiced shutting off internet access in whole regions when necessary, such as in republic of Ingushetia, in North Caucasus, last year, when there were mass protests there regarding land/border disputes with neighbouring Chechnya: Russia’s Federal Security Service is being sued over Internet shut-off in Ingushetia last year during mass protests — Meduza

That guy lost, btw, couple days ago the court in Ingushetia, of course, ruled that, basically, the FSB has the authority to shut off the internet anywhere in the country at any time they feel like it: Court recognized lawful shutdown Internet during meetings to Republic of Ingushetia

Amazing place Putin has built...
 

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It's not very realistic, but he's not all wrong.

When these social media platforms say there are steps that they can't take or that they're doing the best I can, they're not being truthful. What they mean is that they're doing the best they can without negatively affecting their bottom line.