In an attempt to increase awareness over world-wide-web monopolization, Sir Tim Berners-Lee considered the father of the Internet, recently published an open letter. Berners-Lee cautioned that allowing giants such as Facebook and Google to control the market encourages criminal behavior and allows foreign agents to operate at will.
Internet Creator Says 87 Percent of Online Search Market Belongs to Google
Recently, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the world-wide-web, published an open letter as part of the 29th commemoration of the Internet. In this letter, which was cited by all major US publications, Berners-Lee express concerned over entities such as Google and social media platform Facebook and Twitter which enables and encourages the propagation of potentially harmful actions.
Among the perils Berners-Lee enumerated in his open letter were conspiracy factions, which could spread the radical idea through social media platforms, criminals who can steal data, and foreign agents that can influence the outcome of various social and political events.
The Internet creator believes that the issue has gotten out of hands during the past decade, culminating with giant players completely taking over the market, making it difficult, if not impossible for small companies to partake.
Berners-Lee stated that, according to the latest estimates, approximately 87 percent of all searches are handled by Google, while Facebook managed to amass over 2.2 billion users. Furthermore, based on the numbers, over 60 percent of the digital advertising market is divided between Google and Facebook.
This means that every entry-level player is faced with a do-or-die dilemma – either be assimilated by giants or simply fade away. As far as Google and Facebook are concerned, the companies declared that they are taking steps to prevent Berners-Lee’s doomsday scenario from coming to life.
However, the internet creator declared that the only solution to this crisis remains a ‘regulatory framework’, a set of pre-establish rules that limits the power of world-wide-web actors.
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