Facebook Has a Facebook Problem


Cory Doctorow makes a critical point in this essay: the problem here is Facebook can't be fixed. It's an intractable problem. "The answer to Facebook", says Doctorow, "is giving the public technological self-determination."

A monopolist's first preference is always "don't regulate me." But coming in at a close second is "regulate me in ways that only I can comply with, so that no one is allowed to compete with me."

We can't address Big Tech by making Bigness a requirement to simply operate online.


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