“We need to start using this tool and regulate this tool as if it were a utility,” said Joe Toscano, a former Google advisor.
facebook hurt massive global outage On Monday Joe shut down its main site, Instagram and WhatsApp platforms, for nearly six hours, and a prominent social media critic said the incident proved how the company really is controlled.
“It is now more clear than ever how powerful they are, how much impact they have on our economy, how much potential impact they have on national security, and the reality is that we need to start using this tool and regulate it. as if it were a utility,” former Google consultant Joe Toscano told Granthshala News Digital.
Toscano, a key figure in the popular Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma,” which details the negative impact Big Tech has on people, noted small and medium-sized businesses were mostly affected by Facebook’s global outage, while the group was not a beat. had missed.
Toscano said, “Think of the millions of businesses that rely on their Facebook page as their webpage. Across South America, businesses use WhatsApp instead of obtaining phone numbers.” “All those businesses were unable to communicate for a day. Millions of businesses around the world that either almost completely shut down, or shut down completely, because a company is so powerful that if they go down , then everyone goes downstairs.”
Toscano thinks Facebook is more powerful than other monopolies like AT&T of the 1980s and railroads before that because the product is both addictive and worldwide.
Toscano said, “We are now looking at one of the biggest monopolies in the history of the world. They are global and then going down creates devastating issues for the world, right? Not just America.” “There was terrible anxiety in a large part of the world because they simply couldn’t open an app. How addicted are we.”
Meanwhile, Facebook’s six-hour outage was hardly the tech giant’s only issue this week.
Toscano cautioned viewers about the dangers of social media during Netflix’s “The Social Dilemma,” and he thinks the documentary really made a difference and resulted in people like former Facebook employee Frances Haugen to speak up. have been found.
Haugen, a former Citizens project manager for Facebook’s misinformation team, which leaked internal corporate documents to the Wall Street Journal for a series of reports on the social media giant, told the MPs On Tuesday she admits her former employer is “an issue of national security”.
Haugen also filed a complaint with federal law enforcement that Facebook’s own research shows how it fuels hate and misinformation, increases polarization and can harm the mental health of Instagram, especially teen girls. Is.
Some are skeptical of Haugen’s agenda, including journalist Glenn Greenwald, who feels that he is being used as a tool to stifle material that is being used by “Democratic Party leaders and their liberal followers”. offends the sensibilities and beliefs of
However, Toscano believes that politics should be set aside so that people can truly pay attention to the damage Facebook is doing to both children and our democracy.
“I believe she’s doing the right thing. And really, she’s just saying what I’ve been saying and the others have been saying for over half a decade,” Toscano said. “I would love to see the government turn its head and turn its attention to the things that we know are harming our children, harming our communities, in favor of massive and gross amounts of profit. I am tearing our democracy to pieces.”
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Toscano believes Haughan is going on the record, with documents supporting his points, the escalation set out in “The Social Dilemma” about the dangers of social media such as Facebook.
He said, “We are just silencing the truth. We are adding layers and we are seeing that the same points made by experts are coming out again and again and that is what we need. We need validation over and over again over time. is required.” “She testified. It’s on the book now, now it’s official. We have another layer of record saying what’s going on… the public needs to know it’s real.”
Toscano co-founded the Better Ethics and Consumer Outcome Network (Beacon) organization, which aims to “advance the quality of human-computer experiences through value-based technology education and innovation.” he hopes to launch pulse policy Later this year, which he said will help people online with data protection measures.
Granthshala News’ Caitlin McFall, Lucas Manfredi and Tyler O’Neill contributed to this report.