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Should we boycott Facebook because of Cambridge Analytica? Show more Show less

Cambridge Analytica is a British political consulting firm. In March, allegations broke that CA obtained private information from an estimated 50 million Facebook users without their permission. This data was then shared with third parties, including Donald Trump’s presidential campaign during the 2016 US Presidential Elections. The issue has raised concerns about privacy in the age of Big Data, and has sparked calls to increase the regulatory oversight over firms like Facebook.

Stop using Facebook Show more Show less

Enough Already - let’s move over to, er, Instagram?
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Substitute Facebook

We need a new kind of social network, with a new kind of business model.
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Context

Facebook and its associates (such as Instagram) are a de-facto monopoly in terms of social network. Creating a competition can help

The Argument

Social media (such as Diaspora [1]) exist with a different approach where is the user not the social media decide the content shown to user. Most alternative social media exploit the concept of "federation": the social network is a federation of several nodes physically and geograpgically separated.. In this way no censorship can be exercised by a single entity since a content can be replicated on several nodes.

Counter arguments

Such social network had very little diffusion since "everybody is already on the main social network". Person who pursue a specific interest, economical or political, must have their presence on Facebook.

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References

  1. https://diasporafoundation.org

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This page was last edited on Tuesday, 25 Feb 2020 at 21:12 UTC