Attacked from all sides, can Facebook be regulated or dismantled?

It is the sacred union against Facebook. After his role in disinformation in the US presidential campaign from 2016, le fiasco Cambridge Analytica and 10 years of empty promises to do better, the Silicon Valley giant has its back to the wall.

Beginning of October, whistleblower Frances Haugen revealed that Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg knew Instagram could have a negative impact, especially on young teenage girls. And she accused them of prioritizing profits over the safety and well-being of its users.

The elected Americans and Democrats all seem to be in tune: it is so long to attack Facebook. And the global blackout in early October, which affected the social network but also Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram, gave arguments to those who argue for the dismantling of the company into several separate entities. The whistleblower is campaigning for the regulation of algorithms, in particular by lifting the legal protection enjoyed by Facebook and all web platforms. Whatever solution is chosen, one thing is certain: we could well witness a long legal standoff.

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