October 4, 2021
WASHINGTON — Mike Davis, Founder and President of the Internet Accountability Project, released the following statement on Facebook going down for several hours today.
“The internet was originally designed to be a decentralized system so as to be less vulnerable from an attack. Major portions of today’s internet led by trillion-dollar Big Tech monopolists like Facebook can be taken down with a single hack.
“Facebook has access to nearly 3 billion users’ data. That is perhaps the biggest single point of failure on the internet today. There should not be a situation where that many users across the globe are at risk of having their personal information sold or losing access to their networks, markets, friends and families.
“Disregarding antitrust concerns and bundling services like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger into a single mega-corporation has serious consequences. This is a real life argument on display for why Facebook and other Big Tech monopolies need to be broken up. We should not be this reliant on any one company.”
IAP is a nonprofit conservative advocacy group that holds Big Tech accountable for engaging in egregious business practices like snooping, spying, political bias against conservatives, employee abuses and anticompetitive conduct. Davis previously served as Chief Counsel for Nominations to Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary and led the Senate confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and a record number of circuit court judges. More information on Davis and IAP can be found here.
Unlike the Big Tech monopolies, the Internet Accountability Project pledges to never sell or share your personal information, which is your property.