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    Posted: May 21 2018 at 1:25pm
‘Freedom from Facebook’ Coalition Launches To Demand the FTC Break Up Facebook to Protect Democracy
 
Diverse Group of Organizations Launch New Coalition, Advertising, and Petition Campaign Demanding the Federal Trade Commission Break Up Facebook and Implement Strong Privacy Rules
 
 
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, a diverse group of organizations who share deep concerns about Facebook’s extraordinary power over our lives and democracy joined together to launch a new coalition called Freedom From Facebook.
 
Freedom From Facebook is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to use its broad authority to break up Facebook’s monopoly and re-establish competition in the social networking space by spinning off WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger into independent businesses. Freedom From Facebook also calls on the FTC to develop interoperability standards, so users will have the freedom to communicate between competing social networks, as well as implement strong privacy rules to give users more control over the collection and utilization of personal information.
 
The founding members of Freedom from Facebook coalition are: The Open Markets Institute, Demand Progress, Citizens Against Monopoly, SumOfUs, Content Creators Coalition, Jewish Voice for Peace, MPower Change, and MoveOn Civic Action.
 
“"Facebook threatens our democracy by choking off independent journalism, by manipulating how people talk to one another, and by broadcasting dangerous propaganda. We have all the tools we need to fix Facebook. The time has come to use them," said Barry Lynn, Executive Director, Open Markets Institute.
 
“Facebook has a radical amount of power, on top of a business model based on addicting and manipulating users. Breaking up Facebook’s monopoly, among other measures, is the responsible thing to do. The FTC has the authority to re-establish choice, competition, and innovation, and free us from Facebook’s sprawling monopoly. They should use it,” said Sarah Miller, Director of Citizens Against Monopoly.
 
"Under Mark Zuckerberg's leadership, Facebook—along with its subsidiaries Whatsapp and Instagram—has transformed into a monopoly for online, social communication across the globe. And despite its privacy promises, at the end of the day, Facebook’s business model is built on surveillance and manipulation of user data. It's time for the FTC to break up this mega corporation with too much control over our lives, information channels, and politics," said Reem Suleiman, Senior Campaigner at Sum of Us.
 
"Facebook is too big, controls too much data, and abuses user privacy – among other things. The People deserve a better, more transparent, town square," said John McCrea, lead singer of CAKE and a vice president of the Content Creators Coalition.
 
“We've seen it all: privacy breaches, undue influence over our politics and our economy, live social experimentation on the wellbeing of their users, broken-promises and cover-ups. Now is the time for the Federal Trade Commission and other regulators and policy makers to confront the power of Facebook and the monopoly online platforms," said David Segal, Co - Founder and Executive Director of Demand Progress.
 
The launch of Freedom From Facebook includes a major digital ad campaign, a petition push to the Federal Trade Commission, and a new website to serve as a resource for users, activists, and allies.
 
View Freedom From Facebook website and the petition demanding that the FTC breaks up Facebook and implements strong privacy rules  here - freedomfromFB.com
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Many years ago I tried Facebook. I didn't find it enjoyable or useful. So I 'Deleted' my account and never looked back.
Wait a minute! I found Freedom From Facebook ten years ago...AND...without the federal government having to do it for me!!
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Wait a minute? Did any one over the age of 4 think that Facebook WASN’T selling everything they posted on their website?!?!
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