A group of progressive advocacy teams, together with MoveOn and Demand Progress, are asking the Federal Trade Commission to “make Facebook secure for democracy.” In line with Axios, the marketing campaign, known as Freedom From Facebook, will launch a six-figure advert marketing campaign on Monday that may run on Fb, Instagram and Twitter, amongst different platforms.
The opposite advocacy teams behind the marketing campaign are Residents Towards Monopoly, Content material Creators Coalition, Jewish Voice for Peace, Mpower Change, Open Markets Institute and SumOfUs. Collectively they’re calling on the FTC to “break up Fb’s monopoly” by forcing it to spin off Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger into separate, competing firms. Additionally they need the FTC to require interoperability so customers can talk in opposition to competing social networks and strengthen privateness laws.
Freedom From Fb’s website additionally consists of a web based petition and privateness information that hyperlinks to FB Purity and the Digital Frontier Basis’s Privateness Badger, browser extensions that assist customers streamline their Fb advert preferences and block on-line trackers, respectively.
The FTC lately gained a brand new chairman after President Donald Trump’s decide for the place Joseph Simons was sworn in early this month, together with 4 new commissioners additionally nominated by Trump. Simons is an antitrust lawyer who has represented giant tech corporations like Microsoft and Sony. The FTC is currently investigating whether or not or not Fb’s involvement with Cambridge Analytica violated a earlier authorized settlement it had with the fee, however many individuals are questioning if it and different federal businesses are able to regulating tech firms, particularly after many lawmakers seemed confused about how social media works throughout Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Congressional listening to final month.
Regardless of its information privateness and regulatory points, Fb remains to be doing properly from a monetary perspective. Its first-quarter earnings report confirmed sturdy consumer development and income above Wall Avenue’s expectations.
TechCrunch has contacted Freedom From Fb and Fb for remark.