In recent months, Facebook has been called upon by advocates, lawmakers and even one of its co-founders to submit to government regulation. Many of these experts have expressed concern that the company has become too large, too powerful, and too controlling of its users’ private information. Now two prominent candidates for the U.S. presidency in 2020 have weighed in, promising action against the social media giant if they are elected.
Democratic Senators Kamala Harris and Corey Booker both recently took shots at Facebook, expressing concern with the company’s size and lack of accountability. However, Harris went further than Booker in her criticisms, refusing to rule out the idea of breaking up Facebook entirely.
”I think that Facebook has experienced massive growth, and has prioritized its growth over the best interests of its consumers — especially on the issue of privacy,” Senator Harris said. “There is no question in my mind that there needs to be serious regulation, and that has not been happening. There needs to be more oversight; that has not been happening.”
This sort of strong regulation is far from a reality, but it’s remarkable how quickly the idea has entered the mainstream. Facebook was able to get away with so many privacy and data lapses over the first decade of its existence, but those days seem to be over. Now, users are finally demanding that the company does a better job of protecting them and their information — and Facebook might have no choice but to comply.
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