Facebook is a tyranny – and our government isn’t built to stop it

Rise Up Times

America’s founders didn’t envision the power of the corporation. We need a new structure for self-governance that can counter 21st-century monopolies

Mark Zuckerberg testifies in Washington. ‘Facebook and the other tech monopolies dwarf the power of the state.’

Mark Zuckerberg testifies in Washington. ‘Facebook and the other tech monopolies dwarf the power of the state.’ Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP

Last week, Senator Dick Durbin asked: “Mr Zuckerberg, would you be comfortable sharing with us the name of the hotel you stayed in last night?”

The Facebook CEO froze and then answered: “No.”

“If you’ve messaged anyone this week, would you share with us the names of the people you’ve messaged?”

Zuckerberg responded in the negative. The questioning drives home the alarming truth about Facebook and other tech giant’s surveillance of billions globally.

Facebook tracks us, and not just the things we’ve shared with our friends. If we use Facebook’s Messenger service, we may have allowed it to access…

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