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@paul And in all likelihood, that regulation will entrench the monopoly.

@dredmorbius I know this is a common thought in the US but I'm not sure that applies here.

In this case specifically it would prevent a new social media empire built on the same scummy practices as FB, but I won't lose any sleep over that.

It won't affect federated networks at all because they don't do any of that stuff

@paul I'm not opposed to regulation, and even if it does entrench the monopoly, it may very well be prefeerable. Simply pointing out a likely systemic interaction.

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@paul

I don't think Zuck is fucked. Not yet anyway. Bottom line is that he just wields more power than the UK government. Worst case for him is he might not be able to operate in the UK, but that wouldn't dent the share price much. The Facebook onion address is what this is for, so that it can continue to operate in areas where it is officially blocked.

After the London riots of 2011 the UK government came to an arrangement with Facebook. It would get preferential access to "flag" any Facebook content which it didn't approve of - such a people calling for revolution and mobilising in a serious way. The Guardian itself reported on how David Cameron at first wanted to block Facebook, but his colleages persuaded him that this was a more effective method of ensuring control of the populace.

This arrangement is too useful to the UK government. If they ban Facebook or limit its actions too much they also lose the ability to act against social movements.

@bob great points.

Although getting the majority of UK Facebook users to visit an onion address will never work!

@bob @paul

hi bob. Have you a source to share on this cameron agreement with Facebook?

@tuxicoman @paul No, but I remember reading it in the Guardian and other mainstream reporting.

@paul @bob

Thanks Paul. But I only see in those news articles that Cameron wanted to be able to remove content from messaging network. Not that Facebook agreed on that.

@tuxicoman @bob There's a section in the second article about Cameron "a police power to trawl through millions of messages – ideally in real time – to prevent possible criminal activity"

That power (and much more) is in the snoopers charter which is now law

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@djabadu @bob @paul Censors always find pretexts to kill free speech and yet claim they still honor it.
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