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CWA Joins the Fight to Break Up Facebook

Citing concerns about the monopoly they have and their failure to protect user data, the CWA is calling on the FTC to break up the company

Kris LaGrange's picture
Jul 13, 2018

 As any regular reader of UCOMM Blog knows, we have been calling out Facebook for months over their failure to prevent fake news and Russian spies from stealing the 2016 election and giving us Trump and Janus. Now the Nation’s largest communications union, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) is getting on board by joining the Freedom from Facebook Coalition.

The coalition’s aim is to have the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) break up the social networking giant. "We should all be deeply concerned by Facebook's power over our lives and democracy," said CWA Strategic Research Associate Brian Thorn. "It's time for the FTC to hold Facebook accountable, impose strong privacy rules on the platform, and break up the monopoly. Anything else would be unfair to the American people, our privacy, and our democracy."

In recent months, Facebook has come under scrutiny and are being investigated in both the United State and Europe, for its role in a data breach that allowed Cambridge Analytica to mine millions of people’s personal data. That data was then used to target fake news ads to voters in support of Trump during the 2016 election.

According to their website, the coalition is suggesting that the FTC break up Facebook’s conglomerate. Currently, Facebook also owns Instagram, What’s App, and Facebook Messenger. They also own one of the internets largest ad networks. By breaking up the company, each of these brands would bring increased competition to the market. The coalition is also accusing Facebook of using the data that they collect to “addict us and our children to its services.”

I applaud this move by the CWA to join the fight to break up Facebook. We got Trump because the FTC and Congress have failed for the last 3 decades to take any real action on establishing regulations for the internet. This allowed Mark Zuckerberg and his cronies at Facebook to turn a blind eye when the Russians, Wikileaks, and Trump decided to abuse the system and take advantage of the security holes that Facebook created. Thanks to Facebook, Trump is a laughingstock and Right to Work is now a national law for public sector workers.

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