Is the end of the Facebook era coming?

The US Federal Trade Commission and 46 federal states intend to speak out in a lawsuit against Facebook, arguing that the Internet giant has become too obvious to dominate the market. According to the plaintiffs’ demand, Facebook should relinquish ownership of the Instagram and Whatsapp apps, as well as provide access to its API and data. In addition, all future acquisitions must be rigorously tested beforehand. Not all reviewers welcome this lawsuit.

The digital needs rules too

One way or another, the Internet giants will have to be contained, says Hospodarske news:

“The Internet has become a common utility service like electricity or water. It ensures the existence of the digital economy, the rulers of which — as Rockefeller and his contemporaries did in their time — believe that no one and nothing has the right to limit them. But there must be some rules! It has been empirically proven that digital giants manipulate users for ever greater gain. … A side effect of this process is damage to the pluralism of opinions, and hence to liberal democracy. The consumer, of course, is much easier to make the choice that the algorithm offers (or imposes) on him. If a consumer or a voter is led to a dead-end — for example, when a person is deprived of the opportunity to see an alternative — then all the jokes end here. Indeed, in this case, the user is deprived of his fundamental right — the right of free choice.“

There are thousands of other services

Those who accuse Facebook of monopolization simply do not see the real state of affairs, says The Daily Telegraph:

“The FTC thinks WhatsApp and Instagram could be competitors. But even so, these two are just a couple of a thousand possible options. There are countless services for people to get to know each other, share content, and communicate — Twitter, YouTube, WeChat, TikTok, and Zoom. Each of these services is trying to win our attention, they are echoed by a number of smaller startups, for which the promotion of their business on the Internet is associated with a very small number of barriers. We can say that we happened to live in the golden age of online competition.“

Users will definitely not be happy

The concentration of applications and services in the hands of a small number of companies has its advantages, writes Tages-Anzeiger:

“What is a nightmare for anti-monopolists, privacy defenders, as well as competing companies, in the eyes of users of these services, appears to be something completely opposite. … Therein lies the fatal dilemma of all these complaints against technology concerns: users will not support the plaintiffs and will not clap their hands together. After all, none of them will want to choose between five different chat applications, no one needs dozens of search engines, none of them wants to collect their applications bit by bit in different online stores and, of course, we all hate constantly pop-ups on sites cookie settings. This is the calculation of the tech giants.”

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