Free Press & Platform Monopolies

Online intermediaries have emerged as the railroad monopolies of the 21st century, controlling access to market and increasingly determining who wins and who loses in today’s economy. Their dominance drives inequality and afflicts citizens and business-owners in all corners of American society.

Facebook’s new plan doesn’t protect your privacy, and neither does the FTC

Date Published: May 3, 2019

Facebook didn’t get where it is today by protecting your privacy. The company made $56 billion in 2018, in part by tracking people both on and off its platform and then selling targeted advertisements based on that surveillance. Yet when Facebook announced a shift to a “privacy-focused communications platform” in March and unveiled a redesign toward private messaging at its F8 developers conference on Tuesday, Facebook’s stock value did not even dip. How could that be, if surveillance is essential to Facebook’s business model?

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FTC’s Facebook Fine Fails the Public

Date Published: April 26, 2019

“The FTC’s likely fine appears to be grossly insufficient to punishing Facebook for its outrageous behavior,” stated Open Markets Executive Director Barry Lynn. “By failing to stand up for its own authority, the FTC appears, in turn,  to be demonstrating complete disregard for the fundamental interests of the American people.”

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